Jennifer Drake

Guest Conductor

Paul Manaster

Inspired by the power of music to connect people, ideas and communities, Jennifer Drake is a conductor, violist, teacher, clinician, and camp director. The most enthusiastic musician you will ever meet, Jennifer is known for her versatility, humor, and energy. Jennifer is the Music Director of the Serenata Orchestra, has served as the assistant conductor and principal violist for the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and is the current Music Director of the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. In the 2021-22 season, Jennifer will be a guest conductor for the Idaho State-Civic Symphony and Opera Idaho. Jennifer is the principal violist for the Boise Baroque Orchestra, as well as a section violist for the Boise Philharmonic. Jennifer has enjoyed an international chamber music career, performing at the 33rd International Viola Congress in Reykjavik, Iceland and the International Bass Clarinet Convention in Rotterdam, Holland. She has performed concerts in Iceland, Holland, Denmark, Romania, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria and Canada. Jennifer is the founder of Idaho Viola Camp. She is also the co-artistic director for the Idaho Orchestra Institute. Both camps provide students with unique outdoor experiences, in addition to high quality musical engagement.

Jennifer is a highly sought after teacher and clinician. As a clinician, she is known for her infectious energy and ability to engage with ensembles of all levels. Recent clinics have been held in Oregon, Texas, Nevada, and Idaho. She is also a lecturer for the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning. Recent awards and honors include winning the 2018 International Conductor’s Workshop and Competition, receiving an Alexa Rose Foundation grant, and receiving a fellowship with the Allentown Symphony for the 2017-18 season. She has also been the cover girl for HerLife magazine. When she is not living the obviously glamorous lifestyle that being a conductor and cover girl must afford, she is cruising around in her 1985 Volkswagen camper van, calling the vet for her not-exactly-Corgi dogs Fergus and Cameron, thinking of how to avoid grocery shopping, and planning trips with her husband, Chad Marvin. Jen and Chad climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in January 2016.