Jenny Wilkes earned a Master of Music in Cello Performance from Boston University and a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Memphis. She is a former member of the Memphis Symphony and has performed with numerous orchestras including the Illinois Symphony, Northwest Indiana Symphony, the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chattanooga Symphony. Her principal teachers include Peter Spurbeck, Martha Gerschefski, Andrés Díaz and Michael Reynolds. Her chamber music coaches have included Steve Ansell and David Soyer, founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet.
Ms. Wilkes spent ten years in Boston and Chicago as a freelance cellist and private lesson instructor. She has coached young chamber groups in schools and music centers in the Boston and Chicago areas including IndianHillMusicCenter (Littleton, MA), St. Lawrence Academy (Groton, MA) and the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute (Chicago, IL). In 2006, she co-founded the Bella Musica Festival, a summer chamber music program designed for intermediate to advanced string and piano students in the Chicago area.
In addition to her adjunct position at UTC, Ms. Wilkes is an adjunct instructor of cello at Southern Adventist University and is the Chamber Ensemble Coordinator and String Quartet Coach for the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras.