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Jasmine Britt appointed new Conductor of the Columbia University Wind Ensemble

We are excited to welcome Jasmine Britt as the new director of the Columbia University Wind Ensemble. Jasmine Britt is a music educator based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Florida State University and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Ithaca College. Her teaching career began at Olsen Middle school (Dania Beach, Florida) where under her direction, students actively participated in all county bands, all state bands, FBA solo and ensemble, and FBA music performance assessments. Upon relocating to New York, she became the band director at first at JHS 50 where she led the band program to several Gold medal ratings at NYSSMA majors evaluation including their first ever Gold medal rating in 2009. After her time at JHS 50, she served on the music faculty at the Grand Street Campus High Schools as director of the Symphonic Band and Jazz Band B. The Grand Street Campus music program is made up of 400 performing arts students across three separate schools, many of whom begin their formal study of music as ninth graders. She now serves as the band director at IS 318 where 80% of the students in the band program attend performing arts high schools in New York City.

In addition to her work as an educator, Jasmine serves as active conductor and clinician. She is a CBDNA Mike Moss Conducting Study Fellow and through her participation in various conducting symposiums she has studied with prominent wind conductors Anthony J. Maiello, Jerry Junkin, Tim Robblee, Stephen Peterson, and Mallory Thompson. She currently serves as the conductor for the Kings County Concert Band and as the Artistic Director of the Metropolitan Music Community which is the governing body of Kings County Concert Band, Grand Street Community Band and the Brooklyn Wind Symphony.

As an educational advocate, she serves as the NYSSMA state chairperson for urban schools and has presented at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, The Ohio Music Education Association conference and The Sphinx Connect national conference. Many of her presentations and panelist appearances revolve around the work of promoting artistic access and excellence for music students of color in and supporting diversity/inclusion in repertoire, ensemble participation and leadership.

We are excited to have her share her insights as educator and arts advocate to further the mission of the Columbia University Wind Ensemble this fall.