Faculty and Staff
|Title:||Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management
|School of Music|
School of Music Room 101A
Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management Jennifer Jablonski oversees the admissions process for undergraduate music applicants and directs national recruiting for the University of South Carolina School of Music. A comprehensive program, the USC School of Music offers its 500 undergraduate and graduate music majors more than 20 degree programs, including music education, performance, jazz, composition, theory, history and conducting.
A 1993 graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College, Jablonski studied journalism and music (saxophone), performing in USC’s Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Left Bank Big Band jazz ensemble, the USC Marching Band and the USC saxophone quartet. During her time at Carolina, Jablonski performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Europe with a jazz ensemble that included several USC students. She was also part of the USC Symphonic Band that toured Europe in 1989.
After graduating from USC, Jablonski worked for Radford University, Virginia Tech, and for a technology firm at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in positions in higher education administration, public relations, journalism and marketing. Music continued to be an important part of her life, as she performed with the Riverboat Ramblers, Big Dog and the Fat Cats, Wohlfahrt Haus, Blue Ridge Swing Revue, the Richmond Symphonic Winds, Summer Musical Enterprise and the Blacksburg Community Band. She has performed as a soloist and has also served as a music instructor and adjudicator in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.
A Lifetime Member of the Carolina Alumni Association, Jablonski was President of the Southwestern Virginia club of the Carolina Alumni Association prior to moving back to South Carolina for the Director of Music Admissions position in 2002. She is Past President of the Richland-Lexington County Club of the Carolina Alumni Association and sat on its Board of Directors for 15 years.
Jablonski was named the 2008 winner of the USC Freshman Advocate Award, an award given to USC faculty or staff in recognition of positive impact on new students' lives at USC. She is an Honorary Member of Kappa Kappa Psi, national honorary band fraternity; adviser and "Friend of the Arts" member of Sigma Alpha Iota, international music fraternity; and an alumna of Tau Beta Sigma, national honorary band sorority. She is the co-founder and School of Music liaison to the USC Music Community, an on-campus residential area for music majors and minors.
Jablonski has worked with key music admissions colleagues at other North American higher education music institutions to found a professional networking group that offers regular roundtable meetings/conferences to promote professionalism and share best practices in music admissions.
She co-presented the session “Recruitment and Retention: Establishing Pipelines, Managing the Cohort, Stemming Enrollment Decline” at the National Association of Schools of Music’s 95th Annual Meeting in November 2018 in Washington, DC. She presented along with Fred Peterbark, Director of Music Admission at Ithaca College.
Jablonski has studied saxophone with University of South Carolina Professor Emeritus Doug Graham, Professor James Houlik (now at Duquesne University), Virginia Tech Professor David Widder and Dr. Paul Bro (now at Indiana State University).