Performer & Educator

Jena Gardner


Jena Gardner is instructor of Horn and Music Theory at Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Arkansas).  In addition to teaching, she is an active soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player throughout the state of Arkansas and the United States.  Ms. Gardner has performed extensively around the world including tours in Europe, Mexico, Japan, and the United States.  Ms. Gardner has been a guest section member with the Chicago Lyric Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Steamboat Springs Festival Orchestra horn sections and was acting 2nd and 4th horn of the Louisiana Philharmonic orchestra for the 2012 and 2013 seasons respectively.  

Ms. Gardner is a passionate chamber musician and was a member of the Arabesque Winds from 2010-15. With that ensemble, she performed concerts and master classes at the University of Madison, Wisconsin, the Sanibel Music Festival, the Wooster Chamber Music Festival and many others.  

In 2016 Ms. Gardner was the recipient of the Early Music America Summer Study Scholarship and attended the Natural Horn Workshop at Indiana University, studying with Dr. Richard Seraphinoff.  Previously, she has attended the Lucerne Festival Academy, the Youth Orchestras of America, New York String Orchestra Seminar and the Pacific Music Festival.  From 2007-09, Ms. Gardner was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and had the privilege to perform under the batons of Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Mark Elder, Esa-pekka Salonen and many others.  

Ms. Gardner is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at Northwestern University under the guidance of  Gail Williams and Jon Boen and has been involved in presenting the 2016 and 2017 Peak Performance Horn Symposiums.  She received degrees in horn performance from Carnegie Mellon and Northwestern Universities.  Her principal teachers have included Gail Williams, Jon Boen, Bill Caballero,  Dave Krehbiel, and Jennie Blomster.