Dr. Jennifer K.
Canfield came to Huntingdon College in 2008 and is co-director of
Huntingdon Choirs; founder and director of Huntingdon Harmony, a jazz /show
choir; and the director of choral music education. Dr. Canfield received her
Bachelor of Music and Master of Science in Education (music emphasis) degrees
from Troy University, and her Ph.D. in Choral Music Education from Auburn
A National Board Certified Teacher, Dr. Canfield taught
kindergarten through college music students in both public and private schools.
She served as the choral director/music teacher at St. Paul’s Episcopal School,
Mobile, Ala.; Department of Defense Schools in Woodbridge and Upwood, United
Kingdom; and Summerville High School, in Summerville, S.C. In the field of higher education, she taught
music and directed choirs at Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Phenix
City, Ala.; Auburn University, Ala., and Huntingdon College. She founded and
directed the Charleston Southern University “Bel Canto Choir” for women.
She has experience teaching private voice, piano, and organ,
as well as other classroom-based music classes. In addition to teaching, Dr.
Canfield directed high school musicals, such as “Oklahoma!,” “The Pirates of
Penzance,” “Camelot,” “The Music Man,” and “Guys and Dolls.” Her work as a choral
and vocal accompanist includes time with Troy State University, Mobile Opera
Company, Charleston Southern University, Oklahoma Vocal Arts, Charleston Choral
Guild, and Huntingdon College Choirs.
Dr. Canfield has been the featured soprano soloist with
ensembles, orchestras, choirs and operas throughout the United States and
United Kingdom. She sang the role of Mary
for the world premier performance of Paul Spicer’s “Easter Oratorio” during Spoleto Festival, Charleston, S.C. She has
sung the soprano solos for “Carmina
Burana,” the Dvorak “Te Deum,”
and “The Sea Symphony” with the
Trianon Music Organization at Snape Maltings, U.K. An accomplished composer and
arranger, Dr. Canfield enjoys writing for choirs, especially music for women’s
choirs. Her arrangement of the traditional English folk song, “Oh, Dear! (What Can the Matter Be?)”,
for SSA voices is published by Alfred. In addition, her works have been
featured in concerts, choral festivals, and worship services.
Dr. Canfield is the Alabama Repertoire and Standards Chair
for Women’s Choirs for the American Choral Directors Association. She is a
member of the Music Educators National Conference, and serves as faculty
advisor for the Huntingdon College student chapter of ACDA and Tau Beta Sigma
Band Sorority. She is active in her church choir, Holy Trinity Episcopal
Church, Auburn, Ala.