Program Director and Adjunct Faculty
Jazmine began her musical studies with piano lessons at age four and was extensively involved with school music programs throughout her education. While attending Long Beach Polytechnic High School (a Grammy Signature Gold School), she extensively performed with a diverse group of ensembles and instruments (including Harpsichord, Baritone Saxophone, Classical and Jazz Piano, Mallet Percussion and French Horn). She also studied theory and composition with Faculty from the Bob Cole Conservatory at the University of California Long Beach. Upon graduation, she was honored with the Pursuit of Excellence award for outstanding leadership, excellence and dedication in the area of music.
While studying at the USC Thornton School of Music, Jazmine studied jazz piano and voice, classical voice, and composition. She performed with the USC Concert Choir and the Thornton Choral Artists, and served as the President of the Concert Choir. She also taught extensively with the Thornton JazzReach Program, including teaching private lessons, general music, and directing Jazz Choirs in the Los Angeles area. During her Graduate studies, Jazmine concentrated on Music Education, specializing in General Music and Choral Music. Previously, she served as the Director of Instrumental Music at Mountain View High School in El Monte, CA where she created an elite-level Wind Ensemble, which specialized in advanced and contemporary literature. Furthermore, she has served as the Director for the First Christian Church of Orange’s Children's Choir, and Youth Choir for five years. There, she focused on cultivating comprehensive musicianship with the Children’s Choir, and developing vocal and musical excellence with the Youth Choir. Ms. Harnishfeger-Brand lives in San Jose with her husband, son and two cats. When not engaged in a musical endeavor, Jazmine can be found volunteering at the 13th Street Cat Shelter, cooking, or baking.