Director of Education
Jeni Gossard has served as Austin Chamber Music Center’s Director of Education since 2008, a position she holds with great honor and dedication. Prior to accepting this position, she was highly involved as a woodwind chamber coach within many programs and continues to coach within the McCallum and Lamar Fine Arts Academies. From 2003-05 she was appointed faculty clarinet instructor at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas where she conducted all undergraduate clarinet lessons and led the clarinet choir.
She received her Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin and Bachelor of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Primary clarinet instructors were Diane Barger and Richard MacDowell.
Jeni continues to maintain a private clarinet studio that continually inspires her as an educator. She serves on the Board of Directors as Secretary for the Austin Emerging Arts Leaders that identifies and cultivates the next generation of arts leaders by developing inclusive systems for creative and professional growth. She also serves on the Community Advisory Board for The Draylen Mason Fellows Program which is a full-scholarship initiative of Austin Soundwaves designed to honor the legacy of Draylen Mason and help further the musical and personal development of high school musicians. For the ultimate therapy and happy place, Jeni volunteers with Austin Pets Alive! as a dog walker and advocate for the no kill shelter.