Jennifer Mary Castellano received her Bachelor of Arts in Music in classical piano from Manhattanville College and a Master of Music in composition from State University of New York at Purchase. She has studied piano with Donna DeAngelis, Catherine Coppola, and Flora Lu Kuan and composition with Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, Huang Ruo, and Joel Thome. She has also studied organ with David Baranowski and Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka.

She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in New York, New Jersey, and Washington DC and was a featured soloist in the 2008 Summer Concert Series in Cape Cod at the First Congregational Church in Wellfleet MA. From 2010 to 2013 she was a member of the Piano Duo Venti Dita with Marvin Rosen, performing repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries written for piano four hands.

Castellano was commissioned to write music for the North/South Consonance Chamber Orchestra conducted by Max Lifchitz and was selected by the New Jersey Music Teachers Association to be the 2012 Commissioned Composer. Her music has been performed in the United States, Armenia, Brazil, and Korea and recorded performances of her works have been featured on Classical Discoveries hosted and produced by Marvin Rosen on WPRB 103.3 FM Princeton, Music of Our Mothers hosted by Ellen on WFCF 88.5 FM St. Augustine FL, and Monday Evening Concert hosted by Thom Quick on FM 98.5 CKWR Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. 

Castellano, who is both visually and hearing impaired, currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss and is Media/Public Relations Coordinator for New York Women Composers. Castellano also has served as organist at Our Lady of Hope Chapel at Sing Sing Correctional Facility and is a member of the recreation staff applying music therapy techniques at Sunshine Children’s Home and Rehab Center, a nursing facility that specializes in the care and treatment of medically complex children who require post-acute, rehabilitative care.

Albums

Currents in Time

Release Date: July 8, 2022
Catalog Number: NV6443
21st Century
Solo Instrumental
Vocal Music
Piano
Viola
Voice
There are great singers, and then there are great singers who break the mold, pushing both the musical and organizational boundaries of their craft. American mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen impressively demonstrates her affiliation with the latter group on CURRENTS IN TIME, once more employing her formidable talents as both a 21st-century vocalist and impresaria to shine a light on a varied array of contemporary composers.
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Playing on the Edge

Release Date: September 27, 2019
Catalog Number: NV6249
21st Century
Chamber
String Quartet

Described as having “Versatility and flair with lively improvisations” by the New York Times and being “always compelling and always exhilarating” by Imperfect Fifths, NYC-based Sirius Quartet is only the most natural choice for showcasing the genius of five genre-bending contemporary composers. Navona Records’ PLAYING ON THE EDGE brings inspiration and experience from all walks of life into one string quartet collection with the music of composers Jennifer Castellano, Ian Erickson, Brian Field, Marga Richter, and Mari Tamaki.

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