Founder and Artistic Director Emerita
Violinist Jennifer Elowitch is Founder and Artistic Director Emerita of the Portland Chamber Music Festival. She started PCMF in 1994 (with co-founder and pianist Dena Levine) and also served as Executive Director from 2004 to 2014. Over the 25 years of Jenny’s tenure, PCMF evolved into one of the premier chamber music events in New England and a cornerstone of Portland’s vibrant arts community. Violist Melissa Reardon was appointed her successor as Artistic Director in 2018.
Jenny is currently Director of Music at Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of E.E. Ford Faculty Awards for Exceptional Merit in both 2016 and 2021. A noted chamber musician, she has appeared as a guest artist with Electric Earth Concerts, the Mark Morris Dance Group, Sebago Long Lake Music Festival, and Music from Salem (NY), among other series and festivals. She has also performed with well-known contemporary ensembles including Boston Music Viva, Collage New Music, and the Fromm Players at Harvard.
Jennifer is the Assistant Principal Second Violinist of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and performs often with the Boston Symphony, with whom she has toured Europe and Japan. In addition to her work at Walnut Hill, she has served on the faculties of the Longy School of Music, the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Bowdoin College, and the University of New Hampshire. She has also presented workshops and masterclasses as a guest at the New England Conservatory and the Curtis Institute of Music and served as a guest teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School in the UK.