Jennifer Bernard Merkowitz is Associate Professor of Music at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, where she has taught composition, theory, aural skills, and electronic music since 2008. She received her MM and DMA in Composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and she holds a BA in Music and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Richmond. Prior teaching appointments include the College of William and Mary in Virginia and Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.


Jenny is a composer, pianist, and violist whose diverse inspirations have included liturgical chant, basketball games, and the growth patterns of plants. Her music has been performed in national and international venues such as the Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference, the National Flute Association Convention, the International Computer Music Conference, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Recent projects include Les Crapauds de la Fontaine (The Toads from the Fountain) for bass clarinet and electronics, a commission for the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival that turns frog calls into rhythmic musical accompaniment; and Brothers and Sisters, a piece for Otterbein University’s Concert Choir that sets poetry by U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis. Her solo percussion piece And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon can be heard on Joseph Van Hassel’s album Correlates on Soundset Recordings. Jenny was the 2017 Commissioned Composer for the Ohio Music Teachers Association (OhioMTA) and composed The Best of Both Worlds for viola and piano for the state conference in October. She lives in Westerville with her husband and two sons. You can listen to more of her music at