Jeffrey Jamner has a broad background in arts education and creative programming. He has been the director of school programs at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts since 1998, where he has 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.
As a presenter and teacher, Jeff has taught piano at the University of Louisville, 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 co-presented at national conferences such as the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and the South Arts. He has served on the boards of the Chamber Music Society of Louisville, Walden School and St. Francis High School.
Jeff’s areas of expertise include arts education, program development, program evaluation on a shoestring, community and educational outreach and audience development. 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.