Originally from Chicago, IL, Jacinda Ripley is currently a freelance musician and teacher based in East Lansing, MI. Most recently, Ripley accepted a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at Michigan State University for her DMA studies. She earned degrees at the Eastman School of Music and Northwestern University, where she studied with James Thompson and Robert Sullivan. Also crucial to her musical development were early mentors, Leah Schuman, Barbara Butler, Charlie Geyer, her public-school music program, Trumpet Mastery Course created and taught by Tom Hooten, the principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and The Chosen Vale International Trumpet Seminar.
Her professional performances have included groups such as Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Oakland Symphony Orchestra, the Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble, Lake Shore Symphony, and the Racine Symphony Orchestra. At Northwestern University, she was chosen to perform the Jolivet Concerto and Plog’s Trumpet Concerto No. 1 for Brass Ensemble and Percussion. In the summer of 2016, Ripley was a member of the Chautauqua Music Festival Orchestra.
As an educator, Ripley has taught students from a variety of backgrounds in all settings. She was trumpet faculty at St. Xavier University and Music Institute of Chicago. She also taught for the Sistema Ravinia program in Lake County. Her research on Edna White has taken her to the International Women’s Brass Conference, where she gave a lecture-recital on White’s Suite for Trumpet and Orchestra.
Aside from music, Ripley is an avid baker and enjoys travel.