Pianist, Jill Jantzen, has been recognized for her “virtuoso performance…, professionalism and training.” As a touring freelance artist, Jill has been seen on stage across the United States and in Europe. Highlights include performing on the Guest Artist Concert Series with bassoonist, Darrel Hale at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music; taking part in the Berkeley Arts Festival in Berkley, CA; being a featured artist at the Oklahoma Women of Higher Education Conference; and making her international debut performing in Freiburg and Hinterzarten (Germany) with the InterHarmony Music Festival. As a collaborator, Jill has performed with ensembles of all sizes, including the Oklahoma City University and the College-Conservatory of Music Concert Orchestras, performing symphonies, choral works, and ballets.
Jill currently holds a position as a staff accompanist at Northern Kentucky University and is a regular pit musician with Cincinnati Landmark Productions. In addition to her freelance career, Jill runs her own piano studio at the Loveland Music Academy, and she is the Artistic Director of Salon 21 (salon21.org), a series of intimate piano concerts dedicated to breakingdown the barriers between performer and audience, foster meaningful conversation and facilitate learning for a new classical audience while providing an outlet for the young professional pianist to perform.
As a proud native of Oklahoma, Jill received her Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance from Oklahoma City University, Bass School of Music. She relocated to Cincinnati, OH, where she completed her Masters of Music in Piano Performance at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Awadagin Pratt. During her time at CCM, Jill held a Graduate Assistantship in Secondary Piano with Dr. Michelle Conda. Upon her completion of her Masters degree, she was awarded CCM’s Outstanding Graduate Assistant.
Other personal endeavors include playing violin, gardening, yoga, and traveling the world.