AKTA Piano Adjudications
2020 Virtual Adjudications
Jennifer Merry, Adjudicator
Jennifer Merry is a pianist, singer and teacher who has taught music to students of all ages in diverse settings for over 30 years. In addition to offering piano and voice lessons in her home studio in Glenview, Illinois, she is on the faculty of the Northwestern University Music Academy, where she teaches private and group piano and Kindermusik classes.
Ms. Merry holds Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University in piano performance and pedagogy, and in music education. She has taught general and vocal music in public and private schools, directed the early childhood music program, Music Together of Glenview and has directed both youth and adult choirs. Ms. Merry has also accompanied singers, instrumentalists and choral groups. She currently sings alto in the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, the oldest musical organization in the city, which regularly presents concerts at various venues around Chicagoland.
In addition to teaching and performing music, Ms. Merry is a published writer. She has reviewed new music for Clavier and American Music Teacher magazines, and has contributed articles to Keyboard Companion magazine. With her late husband Bruce Berr, she has been active in MTNA, ISMTA and NSMTA. Those from Alaska who attended the 2016 AMTA/AKTA Conference in Anchorage will remember both Bruce and Jennifer's presentations at that Conference. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys drawing and painting, riding her bike and spending time with with her dog and two cats.