The MMS Music Department is pleased to announce that they have recently hired a new Strings instructor, Mrs. Jennifer Kozoroz, to be on staff alongside Mr. John Patek. She will be teaching viola and violin.
Mrs. Kozoroz began her studies at the age of 4. She completed her high school studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy and her Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance at the Ohio State University. She then went on to receive her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where she was a student of Karen Tuttle.
Before moving back to her native Milwaukee, she was Assistant Principal violist with the Virginia Symphony, violist and founding member of the Ambrosia String Trio which performed in the U.S. and abroad and violist with the Harrington String Quartet.
Mrs. Kozoroz currently performs with the Milwaukee Symphony, and has performed with the Columbus Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, Frankly Music, The Ritz Chamber Players, Norfolk Chamber Consort, Virginia Chamber Players, The Arcas String Quartet, Venus Chamber Players, on the Feldman Chamber series, with Chamberworks and Manhattan Virtuosi.
Mrs. Kozoroz is a seven-time scholarship winner of the American Symphony Orchestra League and a grant recipient from the International Congress of Symphony and Orchestra Musicians. She was also an ASTA scholarship recipient and has been honored as an Outstanding Young Woman of America. Mrs. Kozoroz continues to be a strong advocate and advisor for the Sphinx Organization (Music Scholarship Assistance Fund) which aids in the mentoring and financial support of minority student musicians in America.
An enthusiastic educator, Mrs. Kozoroz has been on the viola faculty at Old Dominion University, Denison University, Christopher Newport University, West Texas A&M, The Brevard Music Center, The Sewanee Music Festival, and The New England Music Camp as an instructor, chamber music coach, advisor, and lecturer. She has been a guest clinician at Lawrence Conservatory, the Ohio State University and the University of Montana. Mrs. Kozoroz has also taught at the Harlem School for the Arts where she was a member of the active West Side String Quartet which performed as a mentoring ensemble for inner-city children. She currently is the Director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Progressions program which is an intense string training program for underrepresented children in Milwaukee Public Schools. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her husband, Michael, and daughter Isabella, writing and singing, and has even been seen on a few music videos as well!
Mrs. Kozoroz can be heard on the Albany, Centaur, and Summit record labels.