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, where she was part of a three-person team charged with raising $3 million annually; as Director of Community Outreach with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, where she managed marketing, educational outreach, and publicity for the orchestra; 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 was selected as one of "Audio's 30 Under 30" by Edison Research and has spoken on panels at conferences and universities about her projects, pursuits, and career path. Maggie is board treasurer for the Live Music Project and serves on the planning committee for NUMUS Northwest. She holds B.M. (Furman University) and M.M. (University of Washington) degrees in flute performance performed regularly with the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, and Seattle Rock Orchestra.
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 Kate Dreyfuss combines wide-ranging classical music experience with enthusiasm for digital platforms to help Jensen Artists clients engage with their audiences online. An accomplished violinist and new music advocate, she is a founding member of the violin-clarinet-percussion trio F-PLUS and a core member of the ensemble Contemporaneous, and has performed with ETHEL and the Bang on a Can All-Stars.
Kate holds an A.B. in French from Princeton University and an M.M. in violin performance from Stony Brook University, where she is currently a D.M.A. candidate. She discovered her talent and excitement for helping artists promote their work during her college years through internships at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival and the Conservatoire de Paris, and subsequently expanded these skills as Publicity Assistant at Bucklesweet and Publicity Manager at Contemporaneous.
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Artist Services and Digital Media Assistant Francesca Federico’s diverse background as a performer and an academic has shaped her deep dedication for the future of classical music. Previously, Francesca was Publicist for Barrett Artists, and the Social Media and Bookings Assistant at CLB Management in Paris. A guest speaker at New York University since 2014, Francesca discusses the intersection of opera, politics, and globalization to help develop undergraduate students’ understanding of and interest in the art form.
An actively performing opera singer and harpist, Francesca has recently premiered works by Brad Balliett, Qianni Lin, and Constantin Basica. She was an Artist Fellow with the Art Song Preservation Society, and has performed with the Fresh Squeezed Opera Company, Utah Vocal Arts Festival, and American Embassy in Paris, to name a few. She holds a B.A. from New York University in Global Politics, Music and French, and an M.M. from the Mannes School of Music in Vocal Performance.
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