About Jensen Artists

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Founded in 2007 as public relations firm Christina Jensen PR, Jensen Artists expanded in 2015 to include artist management services. Jensen Artists is dedicated to developing the careers and telling the stories of today's most vibrant classical musicians. We are motivated by a desire to illustrate the abundance and appeal of today’s classical music world by sharing our clients’ personalities, creativity, and art with the public. 

 

Founder Christina Jensen has worked in the classical music industry for fifteen years, gaining experience in a variety of areas of the field before founding the firm in 2007. Previously, Christina worked in corporate sponsorship at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, as Director of Community Outreach with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and as orchestra manager and public relations assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Upon moving to New York after finishing graduate school at Boston University, Christina began helping classical musicians who were friends and family with their PR needs. What began as “moonlighting” to make rent in the Big Apple turned into a full time job in 2007 when Christina found herself with too many clients, and not nearly enough sleep. Her earliest major success came later that year, when Simone Dinnerstein’s recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations became a surprise bestseller. Highlights since then have included co-producing a new collaboration among cellist Maya Beiser, dancer Wendy Whelan, and choreographer Lucinda Childs; publicizing André Previn’s 80th birthday season; several Grammy-nominated and Grammy-winning album campaigns; as well as countless world premieres and performances of compelling classical music, new and old, throughout the country.

 

Christina’s approach values authenticity, strategic creativity, constant evaluation of new communication trends and technology, and a strong work ethic. The fact that her roster, in spite of its growth, has continued to feel like an extended group of friends and family has been an unexpected and highly prized reward of her work.

 

Christina has been part of panel discussions hosted by organizations including American Composers Orchestra, Association of Music Personnel in Public Radio, Astral Artists, Chamber Music America, and the New York New Music Roundtable. A native of Independence, Missouri, she holds undergraduate degrees in violin performance and communication with a minor in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and received her master's degree in arts administration from Boston University.

Publicity Manager Maggie Stapleton brings a lifelong passion for classical music and a diverse career in broadcasting to promoting the events and milestones of Jensen Artists' clients. Previously, Maggie was the Assistant Station Manager at Classical KING FM 98.1 in Seattle where she launched and cultivated Second Inversion, a 24/7 online streaming project dedicated to contemporary classical music. Through this work, Maggie developed a keen interest in the accessibility and awareness of new music and enjoys developing and sharing stories about the music of living composers.

 

Maggie has spoken on panels at conferences and universities about her projects, pursuits, and career path, and is currently on the Community Advisory Board of New York Public Radio. She holds B.M. (Furman University) and M.M. (University of Washington) degrees in flute performance, and performed regularly with the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, and Seattle Rock Orchestra while living in the Northwest.

Booking Manager Gina Meola integrates her experience with performing arts presenters and knowledge of classical composition to organize performance opportunities for the clients of Jensen Artists. She is a graduate of Fredonia University with a degree in music composition and a concentration in piano performance. During her time at Fredonia, Gina served on the executive board of Ethos New Music Society, a student-run presenting organization of new music for western New York, as archivist, treasurer, vice president, and president.

 

As a freelance composer and new music enthusiast, Gina continues to write music for soloists, chamber ensembles, and choirs as well as perform new works written by her friends and colleagues. Her interest in artist management evolved from the planning and execution of artist residencies and from the enjoyment she gets from interacting with and learning from world-class artists.

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Digital Media Associate Kira Grunenberg brings an established career in music journalism and an appreciation for personal communication to her support of Jensen Artists' clients and the fostering of their digital communities. A prolific writer, she has worked with the likes of American Songwriter, DownBeat Magazine, No Depression, NPR and more, as well as running her own digital publication, Throw the Dice and Play Nice – a platform dedicated to highlighting music and art regardless of its style. Kira's experience in digital media grew from a mix of formal study and freelance involvement with initiatives like the innovation lab and international festival MTF Labs (formerly Music Tech Fest), Midem, and grassroots support of several music startups based around the world.

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