Jennifer teaches various classes in music theory, composition, aural skills,
and music technology.
Dr. Merkowitz 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. Her primary composition
teachers have been Mara Helmuth, Joel Hoffman, Michael Fiday, and Benjamin
Prior to coming to Otterbein, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of
Music at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. During
the summers, she teaches computer music and music theory at Interlochen Arts
Camp in Michigan.
Dr. Merkowitz is a composer, pianist, violist and alto whose works are
influenced by everything from liturgical chant to basketball games. Her music
has been performed in national and international venues, including the
International Computer Music Conference and the International Tuba/Euphonium
Conference. A staunch proponent of interdisciplinary work, she frequently
collaborates with choreographers, artists and scientists.