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Where are they now? - Where are they now? :: Jennifer Trinca

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Jennifer Trinca began her music studies in Chatham at the young age of five and began competing in the Kiwanis music festival soon after. Jennifer studied piano with Hedy Remple and violin with Eric Tracy during these early years. She was consistently recognized by Kiwanis adjudicators for her outstanding musicianship and was the recipient of countless Kiwanis scholarships and awards over these formative years. During her high school years Jennifer continued her piano studies with Andrea Battista and violin studies with Arlene Janzen in addition to summer studies at Interlochen Arts Camp. Jennifer was also a violinist with the Windsor Youth Symphony and the Detroit Youth Symphony during these years. Jennifer continued her music studies at The University of Western Ontario, receiving the gold medal in music education in 1993. She studied piano with Jane Hayes and violin with Lorand Fenyves and received the Silver Medal for grade ten violin and her A.R.T.C. Performers Piano while completing her undergraduate degree. Jennifer graduated from Althouse College with a Bachelor of Education, receiving the Dawson Woodburn Memorial award.

Upon graduation Jennifer spent her first ten years teaching secondary school orchestral and choral music programs at Lisgar Collegiate and Elmwood Independent School in Ottawa, Ontario. Her orchestras and choirs were often recognized at the Ottawa Kiwanis Music Festival and heard throughout the city and on tours to England and Austria.

Having returned to Chatham to raise her young family, Jennifer accepted an itinerant music teaching position with the St. Clair Catholic District School Board. Her drum ensembles, recorder ensembles and choirs have been regular performers at the Chatham Kiwanis Music Festival and her Intermediate choirs have twice been recommended to the Provincial level. Most recently, with the support of a MusiCounts grant from the Juno Awards and a Community Partnership Grant from the Municipality of ChathamKent, Jennifer has founded the Strings Are The Thing! After School Orchestra Program in Wallaceburg, Ontario. Her young orchestra students can be heard throughout the community and last year were recommended to move on to the Provincial level at the Chatham Kiwanis Music Festival.

Jennifer's three children, Brendan Hunter, Olivia Hunter and Emma Hunter study piano with Sue Lowther and Olivia also studies voice with Christine Prosser. They can also be heard competing at the Chatham Kiwanis Music Festival. In a sense, it has come full circle. "It gives me great joy teaching young students the benefits of a music education. And equal joy to watch my own children learn the value that music has in our lives."
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