Jennifer Kristoff began her role as middle and upper school music assistant at Columbus Academy in 2011. She also serves as the rehearsal pianist for the middle and upper school musicals, as well as performance pianist and vocal coach. Jennifer has a B.M. in piano pedagogy and performance from Capital University, Kodaly diploma in music education from Liszt Academy, and an M.M. in piano pedagogy and performance from Southern Methodist University. She was also inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda music honors society and was awarded the Jean Sinor Music Scholarship from the International Kodaly Society. Jennifer and her husband Jay have two children, Jude and Julius, as well as four chickens, Nancy Claire, Sarah and Myra.

Jennifer’s favorite thing about Columbus Academy

“Having a great group of colleagues and students that I have the chance make music with every week, whether in choir or musicals or special events.”

Little-known fact

I'm a serial gardener. I help people solve gardening problems, set up their gardens, and inadvertently spread tomato and pumpkins seeds all over my neighborhood.

Favorite foods

Indian, Tex-Mex, vegetarian.

  • B.M. Capital University , Piano Pedagogy & Performance
  • Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music , Music Education
  • M. Mu. Southern Methodist University , Piano Pedagogy & Performance