Jennifer Laubenthal is the Associate Professor of Clarinet at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico where she teaches Applied Clarinet, Woodwind Methods and Music Theory I. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University (D.M.A., 2009 and M.M., 2006) and The University of Akron (B.M., 2004). Upon entering graduate study at The Ohio State University, she was awarded the prestigious Graduate Fellowship and The Osburn Fellowship Award. Later in her graduate studies, she served as Graduate Assistant to the clarinet studio and music education department.
Dr. Laubenthal is an active performer. She performed at the 2016 International Clarinet Association’s Clarinetfest in Lawrence, Kansas and the 2016 National Flute Association Convention in San Diego, California. She has performed with the Roswell Symphony Orchestra, Roswell, New Mexico, Southwest Symphony Orchestra, Hobbs, New Mexico, The New Albany Symphony Orchestra, New Albany, Ohio and The Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, Delaware, Ohio. As soloist she performed with the ENMU Jazz Ensemble, Mercer Community Band in Mercer, Pennsylvania and the Lima Area Concert Band in Lima, Ohio. As recitalist, she has performed and taught master classes throughout the United States, including The Pennsylvania State University, the University of Northern Iowa, Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Akron. She particularly enjoys performing twentieth century music and has commissioned and premiered many new works for the clarinet.
Dr. Laubenthal’s research interests are very diverse. She has presented papers on Stravinsky, Music of the Holocaust, Assessing the Musical Artist, and Clarinet Pedagogy at state, national, and international conferences. She is a regular contributor to the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal (NACWPI) and will be published in the Music Educators Journal. Her book chapter, co-authored with Kathleen Melago and Jonathan Helmick, titled, “Music Appreciation as an Integral Part of the Humanities – Past, Present, Future” will be published in 2017.
She is also a very active adjudicator. She was chosen as one of three judges for the Research Competition at the 2012 Clarinetfest in Lincoln, Nebraska. She also adjudicated the New Mexico State Finals for the Music Teachers National Association Young Artists Woodwind Competition and the New Mexico Music Educators Association All-State Honor Band. She regularly judges South Eastern New Mexico Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble Competition and District Honor Bands. Her primary teachers include James Pyne and Kristina Belisle - Jones.