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JEN Appoints Sharon Burch as Full-Time Managing Director of the Jazz Education Network (JEN)

Jazzed Magazine • News • September 7, 2017

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Sharon Burch has been appointed as full-time managing director of the Jazz Education Network, effective immediately. In this new position, Burch will oversee the part-time staff and volunteers and work with Dr. Lou Fischer, conference coordinator/JEN co-founder.

“I am so delighted that JEN has reached a pivotal point to hire our first full-time employee,” says Fischer. “Sharon’s long history with JEN gives her the experience and insight needed to make an immediate contribution. From the ‘big picture’ to the daily operations, she understands what is required to ensure long-term growth for the organization.”

Burch previously served on the JEN Board of Directors as secretary and as chairperson of the JEN Education Committee, and has been actively involved with the organization since its first conference nine years ago. She has a strong background as a music educator, leader, entrepreneur, presenter, and education consultant.

“I am very honored to assume this new role at JEN,” says Burch. “It’s a privilege to work with the many volunteers, members and staff who share a passion to serve and share the music. Together, we will continue to expand the JEN network of support and resources for musicians, educators and directors at all levels of age and ability, building upon the vision of the original founders.”

“Sharon is an extremely capable, enthusiastic, and passionate member of JEN,” says JEN co-founder Mary Jo Papich. “Her outstanding organizational and communication skills will position JEN for continued growth and further benefit the jazz arts community.”

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