Jenna Palensky

RRMA Faculty

Instruments: Jazz, Pop, Saxophone, Voice (folk)
Education: M.M., University of Nebraska; B.A., Nebraska Wesleyan University
Currently Teaching: Music Academy

Jenna Palensky is a doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Colorado in Boulder with an area emphasis in Eastern European music. Ms. Palensky is an active performer, researcher, conductor, and educator in the Boulder community. She is the conductor and artistic director of Boulder’s Romanian folk choir, Doina; performs with the Denver-based Balkan group, Planina; and frequently guest lectures on world music topics for a variety of music courses at the University of Colorado. Ms. Palensky is currently working on a collaborative album of Macedonian and Serbian folk songs with members of Planina. She performs frequently in the Boulder-Denver area and has performed and conducted research in Ireland and the Republic of Georgia. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Nebraska Wesleyan University and her Master’s degree in Music History from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In her spare time, Ms. Palensky enjoys cooking and baking, yoga, watching social documentaries and Chris Farley movies, research and writing, and drinking coffee.