Rogers, Jennifer ~ Las Cruces ~ Secretary

Music Commissioner Jennifer Rogers

Music Background

Over 20 years’ experience in the music industry, primarily as a music educator. Highlights include:

  • Educator: 1. Las Cruces High School; 2. Picacho Middle School; 3. Vista Middle School; 4. Hummingbird Music Camp; 5. Southwest Music Academy; 6. Private Studio instruction; Courses taught: 1. Orchestra; 2. Mariachi; 3. chamber music; 4. private violin & viola lessons; 5. music theory; and, 6. piano
  • Musician: 1. Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra; 2. Doña Ana Lyric Opera Orchestra; 3. Juarez Symphony Orchestra; 4. El Paso Symphony Orchestra; 5. Southwest Symphony; 6. Andromeda String Quartet

Administrative Background

  • President, Past Orchestra Vice-President: New Mexico Music Educators Association (NMMEA)
  • Secretary, String Coordinator: Southwest Music Academy
  • Stage Manager: Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra
  • Stage Manager: Las Cruces Chamber Ballet
  • Festival Site Coordinator: 1. NMMEA All State Auditions; 2. Solo & Ensemble Festival; 3. Music Performance Assessment Festival; 4. Junior Strings All City Youth Orchestra


BA Music Education
New Mexico State University 1999


Las Cruces, Doña Ana County


Las Cruces, Doña Ana County


5 August 2020 by Governor Lujan Grisham

Commission Term

5 August 2020 ~ 5 August 2023


County Liaison

  • Doña Ana
  • Otero


Jennifer Rogers, a proud product of music education in New Mexico, has taught orchestra at the middle and high school level in the Las Cruces Public Schools for over 20 year. Since 2005 she has been the Director of Orchestras and Mariachi at Las Cruces High School. In her tenure at Las Cruces High School she has cultivated a culture of high standards; developing rigorous curriculum that includes traditional orchestral repertoire, chamber music, jazz, improvisation, basic arranging, and contemporary styles. Under her direction, the LCHS orchestras consistently earn superior ratings at all district, state, and national festivals and contests. Chamber Orchestra was recognized as the New Mexico Music Educators Association All State Honor Orchestra, in 2015 and 2020.

As an educator, Ms. Rogers is committed to serving the profession as well as students. At the local level she has served on the LCHS Leadership Team, the LCHS Academy Design Team, been a mentor to emerging music educators, and served on several curriculum development and alignment committees for the Las Cruces Public Schools District. At the state level Ms. Rogers has served as the Southwest district New Mexico Music Educators Association Orchestra President, the New Mexico Music Educators Association Orchestra Vice-President, and is currently the New Mexico Music Educators Association President.

In addition to her responsibilities as an educator, Jennifer is a violinist in several local ensembles, including the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra; the stage manager of the Las Cruces Chamber Ballet; a board member and the string coordinator for the Southwest Music Academy; and a freelance gig musician.

Creative Examples

These examples cite Rogers’ work as a music industry professional in the private sector.

Members of Ms. Rogers Las Cruces High School Orchestra performing Believer by Imagine Dragons, as part of their virtual 2020 graduation. All rights to the song remain with Interscope, Kidinakorner, and Imagine Dragons (c) 2017.

The armonia section of Mariachi Diamante de Las Cruces High School performing their original arrangement of the Mariachi classic ranchera Cuatro Vidas, directed by Jennifer Rogers (c) 2020.

An excerpt of Divertimento in D Major, K 136, Andante by Mozart featuring Jennifer Rogers-1st violin, Doug Poff-2nd violin, Kathy Hill-viola, Hyerim Mapp-cello, performed in Las Cruces.

Ms. Rogers introducing tenor clef in her COVID era virtual classroom, August 2020.

Ms. Rogers demonstrating various string techniques and use of technology to produce solo multi-track video performances in her COVID era virtual classroom, August 2020.

No copyright is claimed in the above creative examples and to the extent that material may appear to be infringed, the New Mexico Music Commission asserts that such alleged infringement is permissible under fair use principles in U.S. copyright laws. If you believe these materials have been used in an unauthorized manner, please contact us.