Jennifer Burkhalter

Jennifer Chieffalo Burkhalter is the orchestra director at Norwalk High School and a private cello teacher.

She began her musical studies at the age of 8 on the piano and cello studying with Lois Errante and Hillary Caldwell. After high school, Jennifer attended Ithaca College where she studied with Elizabeth Simkin and graduated magna cum laude with a dual degree in cello performance and music education. At Ithaca, she was principal cellist of the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. She was also a member of the college's Kulmusik contemporary chamber ensemble and was a founding member of the Ithaca College Cello Choir, a now staple ensemble in the Ithaca College music community.

Currently, Jennifer is pursuing a master's degree in Music and Music Education at Columbia University's Teacher College. Jennifer plays with local orchestras around Fairfield County and is a cello coach with the Norwalk Youth Symphony.