Job Title: 
Professor
Department: 
Performing Arts and Visual Culture
Office: 
06-1110

A native of Sweden, Dr. Jenny Välitalo has performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician on five continents. Active as a performer, conductor, teacher, and scholar, Jenny’s primary research interests include eighteenth-century German and Swedish music, history and performance practice. Her current research on the Berlin court during the time of Frederick the Great is made possible by generous support from both European and U.S. sources. Invested in the field of music education, Jenny has been featured as a teacher, soloist and panelist at international events and conferences in 24 countries. A member of professional affiliations for education and cultural exchange, Jenny enjoys opportunities to share the joy of music while fostering social and academic growth for children and youth in developing countries as well as urban settings. Following studies at the Royal College of Music and Edsbergs Musikinstitut, Jenny was awarded a Fulbright grant for graduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she completed a Master’s degree studying with Professor Carol Rodland and conductor Benjamin Zander. Jenny completed her Doctorate degree at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. At RIT, Jenny serves as the director of the RIT Orchestra and teaches courses in music theory and music history.