Jessica V. Kun is a native of Toronto, Canada. She completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting at Arizona State University, where she conducted the Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, and the Lyric Opera Theatre. She holds Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Calgary (Canada), Master’s Certificate in Conducting from the University of Calgary Wind Conducting Program, and a Master of Music degree in Musicology from the University of Manchester (England), where she conducted the Symphony Orchestra, chamber ensembles, and the New Music Ensemble.
Dr. Kun is conductor and artistic director of the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra. She has taught and conducted musicians at all levels, from novice to professional. She has conducted string and full orchestras, symphonic and jazz bands, chamber ensembles, contemporary music ensembles, and opera. She has written articles for Canadian Music Education journals and curriculum documents for the Ontario Ministry of Education.
Dr. Kun’s current research includes the development of an interactive mediated system for conducting and conducting pedagogy, using motion capture technology that began at the Arts, Media and Engineering Program at Arizona State University. Dr. Kun has been active as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician in Great Britain, Europe, South America, and North America. Dr. Kun currently serves as Conductor and Assistant Professor of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University.