Jennifer Wendling has been a violinist with the Wisconsin Philharmonic since 1990. She learned to play violin at age five through the Suzuki Method pilot program at General Mitchell Elementary School. On April 17, 1982, she was one of 6,000 musicians that played “The Stars and Stripes Forever” at Bayshore Mall to break the world record for the World’s Largest Orchestra. (The previous record was 987 musicians and was set back in 1872.) Jennifer played in the Music for Youth orchestras from grade school through high school. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Spanish from Carroll College. While attending Carroll College, she played with the Carroll College Community Orchestra, Carroll College Chamber Orchestra, and Carroll College String Quartet. After graduating from Carroll College, Jennifer attended Stratton College where she received an Associate Degree in Medical Assisting. She currently works at Health Payment Systems, Inc. as a Claims Processing Specialist.
Jennifer has played in the pit orchestra for the West Allis Players and Whitefish Bay Players, subbed for the Carroll College Alumni String Quartet and performed with the Bel Canto Chorus. She currently performs with the Waukesha Choral Union and the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra and plays for weddings and other events.
Jennifer resides in New Berlin with her husband Tom. When not playing violin, she enjoys crewing on a sailboat in races and regattas on Lake Michigan, trying new restaurants and traveling.