Jeffrey Jamner has a broad background in arts education and creative programming. For 23 years, he directed school programs at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts where he helped create, develop and direct such programs as Arts Academies for teachers; the Gheens Great Expectations young artist concert and residency program; World Rhythms education programs and cultural marketplace; and the Arts in Healing program, which trains and places artists in residencies for patients, families and staff in hospitals and other places of healing. Prior to his work at the Kentucky Center, Jeff worked in the Educational ArtReach Department at the Manhattan School of Music, where he received his doctorate in piano performance, and was founder and director of Concorde: The Chamber Music Society of Westport in Connecticut. Jeffrey currently serves as Creative Consultant for the Jewish Community Center of Louisville and was recently hired as Curriculum Specialist for LifeLong Learning at Indiana University Southeast School of Arts & Letters.
As a pianist, Jeff has taught piano at the University of Louisville, and currently teaches piano and chamber music at the Louisville Academy of Music. He will soon begin teaching piano in the Arts Institute at IU Southeast. He has taught a course in the role of education in arts administration at the University of Kentucky and courses in arts administration at Jefferson Community and Technical College. He has also copresented at national conferences such as the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and South Arts. He has served on the boards of the Chamber Music Society of Louisville, Walden School and St. Francis High School. He currently serves on the Board of Kentuckians for the Arts.
Jeff’s areas of expertise include arts education, program development, program evaluation, and community and educational outreach. Jeff’s areas of strength are organizational skills, problem solving, networking and building effective partnerships. In addition to his career in arts administration, Jeff is a classical concert pianist with a passion for connecting with audiences through creative programming and interactive performance conversations. In 2020, he presented an educational program about music and the Holocaust at the Kentucky Center for the Arts called Juliek's Violin. It was filmed by KET and is available to view on PBS Learning Media.