Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Ensemble Directors

Jennifer Budziak, D.M.A.

Title/s:  Director of Women's Chorus

Office #:  Mundelein 177

Phone: 773.508.7510



Jennifer Kerr Budziak is an active Chicago area conductor, author, mezzo-soprano, and composer, and is a frequent clinician in the area of vocal technique and conducting at workshops nationwide. Dr. Budziak has served as conductor at many Chicago-area liturgical events and choral festivals, including the National Association of Pastoral Musicians’ national conference in 2009 and the Jubilee Archdiocesan Choir and Symphony Orchestra’s “Field of Faith” celebration at Soldier Field in June 2000. She authored Sight-Sing a New Song (2005), a textbook on sight-singing and music notation for beginners, and Sowing Seeds, Bearing Fruit: A Five Year Process for Growing a Singing Congregation, released in July 2012, and has co-authored several other volumes on liturgy and music. Her compositions for adult and children’s choirs can be found in the catalogs of GIA Publications, World Library Publications, and Oregon Catholic Press. She serves on the Council of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and is a frequent presenter at the organization’s regional and national conferences. 

Dr. Budziak has served on the faculties of North Central College, Concordia University, St. Xavier University, and the Catholic Theological Union. Her area of research interest involves application of qualitative research techniques to choral rehearsal and other community music settings. She currently serves as Editor for Music Formation Resources at GIA Publications is an assistant conductor for the Chicago Symphony Chorus.


D.M.A. in Choral Conducting, Northwestern University

M.A. in Liturgical Theology, Catholic Theological Union

M.M. in Choral Conducting, Indiana University

B.M. in Piano Performance, Catholic University