Music Commissioner Jennifer Rogers
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.