About Jennifer Cartney
Jenny was born and raised in Maryland, where she started studying piano in second grade. In high school, she won the Outsanding Solo Accompianist award for Choir at the Fiestival competition in Virginia Beach. Jenny holds a Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Theatre Degree from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. Her major is in music composition with a minor in piano.
Since 2002, Jenny has music directed and played keyboard for over 50 musicals in the Washington, DC area. In 2002 at the age of 23, she worked on two shows for the Sondheim Celebration at the Kennedy Center. Also at the Kennedy Center, she played for the national tours of Elton John's "Aida," "Little Women" and "Wicked." At Signature Theatre in Virginia, Jenny performed in over 25 productions including "Chess," "Hairspray," "Saving Aimee," "The Witches of Eastwick," "Kiss of the Spider Woman," Kander and Ebb's "The Visit" starring Chita Rivera, Disney's "Freaky Friday," and "Titanic." Other DC Theatres include Arena Stage, Olney Theatre Center and Ford's Theatre. In 2013, Jenny received a Helen Hayes nomination for music directing "Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris" at MetroStage. Jenny has been solo accompanist for many Broadway performers for the ArtSpeak program, including 6 time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald. Other regional Theatres include Geva Theatre, New York's Town Hall and Virginia Music Theatre.
Jenny has taught musical theatre since she was in high school. In Maryland, she taught for Drama Learning Center, Educational Theatre Company, Schoolhouse Theatre Arts and Montgomery College. She also taught for the Papermill Playhouse Summer Conservatory in New Jersey. Many of Jenny's former students have gone on to work professionally in theatres around the country. Jenny also enjoys singing, tap dancing, performing cabarets and is currently working on her first solo album.