Jenna Calderon graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance with a minor concentration in Mathematics from the Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island.
Ms. Calderon maintained a near-perfect Grade Point Average of 3.9 and is the recipient of several awards, such as the CSI Auxiliary Services Corporation Award for Academic Excellence in Performing and Creative Arts, Phi Beta Kappa, and the CSI Foundation Prize for Music.
She is also a Dean’s List (2008-2011) student and was featured in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for 2010-2011.
Ms. Calderon first began her career as a student studying physics and mathematics but soon decided to pursue her passion for music by studying classical guitar at CSI. She has performed at the CSI Undergraduate Research Conference, as well as in the CSI Guitar, Chamber, and Jazz ensembles.
Along with her dedicated work on campus, Ms. Calderon also performs around NYC as the lead guitarist of ska band Not From Concentrate and as a guitarist and percussionist for the Richmond County Orchestra. She also tutors students in music and mathematics as well as works as a guitar teacher at the Rustic Music Center in Staten Island.
Ms. Calderon is planning on pursuing a graduate degree in Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University in the fall. She hopes to not only further her music expertise but also wants to dedicate herself to helping others in satisfying their passion in music.