Jen recently completed a Doctorate of Arts in trumpet performance at Ball State University where she served as graduate assistant with the jazz department under the direction of Mark Buselli. After graduation, Jen worked as an adjunct professor at Ball State University teaching improvisation lessons, and directing a jazz ensemble and a jazz combo.
Jen currently teaches jazz history and music theory at the University of Indianapolis, and has developed several online music classes. She also teaches jazz trumpet at Butler University, and has been a regular ensemble director for the Butler Youth Jazz Program. She has been on the jazz faculty for the Music for All Summer Camp since 2012, and was the trumpet counselor at the Strings and Jazzy Things summer camp from 2006–2013. Jen was also the jazz improvisation clinician at Strings and Jazzy Things in 2012 and 2013.
Honors include the Most Valuable Jazz Player at Butler University in 2007, and the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Scholarship winner in 2007. Jen was a featured guest artist for the 2011-2012 Jazz Concert Series at the University of Indianapolis, and an adjudicator for several jazz festivals, including the Purdue Jazz Festical, the Dimensions in Jazz Festival at Ball State University.the Barry Ashton Jazz Festival, the Pendleton Heights HS Jazz Festival, and the 22nd Annual Carl Nicholas Invitational Jazz Festival.
As a trumpet player, Jen has extensive experience as a freelance musician, is a Hal-Leonard recording artist, and performed for three years as a trumpet player on cruise ships. A few performance highlights include playing with the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, the Four Tops, The Platters, Charo, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, and the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra.