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Jennifer Clippert

  • Associate Professor, Flute
  • Area Head, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion
  • Director, Graduate Studies & Flute Ensemble
  • Chamber Music Coach


DM & MM, Flute Performance, Northwestern University
BFA, Flute Performance, UW-Milwaukee


Flutist Jennifer Clippert’s performance career clearly reflects her passionate knowledge of music from Baroque to present day. Equally comfortable as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player, she has performed throughout Chicago with groups such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Opera Theater and the Chicago Symphony’s MUSICNOW series among others. Through these performances she’s had the opportunity to work with today’s prominent conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Cliff Colnot, Sir Andrew Davis, William Eddins, Christoph Eschenbach, Carlos Kalmar, Oliver Knussen, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, David Robertson, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, Georg Solti, Robert Spano, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Christopher Wilkins, John Williams and Pinchas Zukerman.

Jennifer Clippert is a member of Quintet Attacca, the second woodwind quintet to have won the Grand Prize in the thirty-nine year history of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Since winning both the Senior Wind Division and the Grand Prize at the 2002 Fischoff National Chamber Music Festival, the group has maintained an active performance schedule including tours of both Italy and the United States. Quintet Attacca is known for its versatile and unique performances, creating diverse programs comprised of music both traditional and cutting-edge.

Ms. Clippert is especially interested in exploring and promoting the music of today. Through her performances with the Chicago Symphony’s MUSICNOW series, she has had the privilege of premiering works by some of today’s leading composers including Oliver Knussen, Shulamit Ran and Augusta Read Thomas. She has also been fortunate to work closely with many composers on performances of their works.

She is the winner of several competitions including the Musicians Club of Women Farwell Award and the Flute Talk Competition. Ms. Clippert has been a finalist and prize winner in several competitions including the National Flute Association Young Artist, Piccolo Masterclass and Performers Masterclass Competitions.

An avid pedagogue, Ms. Clippert began her teaching career as an undergraduate student and has always maintained an active studio. She served on the National Flute Association’s Pedagogy committee from 2005-2008, and has presented at several conventions. She is also a frequent guest artist, clinician and adjudicator for various flute festivals. Ms. Clippert was on faculty at DePaul University from 2006-2012.

Ms. Clippert began her studies at an early age in Wisconsin, studying first the piccolo and later the flute. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she received her BFA while studying with Robert Goodberg. While playing two seasons in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, she had the privilege of studying with Donald Peck. Ms. Clippert is also a graduate of Northwestern University, where she received both her MM and DM under Walfrid Kujala.