Virginia Children's Choral Festival
January 6-7, 2024
About Our Conductor
Dr. Lynnel Joy Jenkins
Lynnel Joy Jenkins has varied conducting and teaching experience from elementary to collegiate levels. Dr. Jenkins is a choral music educator of international stature, lecturing and conducting worldwide. She has conducted honor choruses at national, divisional, and several state conferences for American Choral Directors Association and Organization for American Kodály Teachers and numerous all-state choirs and choral festivals. She is an active clinician who presents interest sessions and workshops at professional music association conferences and colleges. She also served on the voice faculty for Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard, a program for young artists.
Dr. Jenkins is in her fifteenth season as music director at Princeton Girlchoir of Westrick Music Academy and choral educator in the Hopewell Valley Regional School District, New Jersey. Before these appointments, she served as Assistant Professor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College of Rider University and Conductor of the Resident Training Choir at the American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey. She was also on the conducting and teaching staff of the Temple University Children’s Choir in Temple University’s Music Preparatory Division and The Haverford School in Pennsylvania.
Jenkins was inducted into the Music Education Alumni Hall of Fame and presented the Alumni Merit Award in 2014 by Westminster Choir College for her contributions to music education. She earned degrees from Westminster Choir College of Rider University (B.M.), Temple University (M.M.), and University of Arizona (D.M.A.), and at the first two institutions, she was awarded the Elaine Brown Conducting Award.