Meet Our New Music Director – Jennifer Hedstrom

Jennifer Hedstrom (she/they) grew up in the Chicago suburbs and has called Madison her home since 2010.  Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s in Piano Performance from Illinois State University and a Master’s in Collaborative Piano from UW-Madison.  Jennifer loves leading a multifaceted musical life and splits her time between composing, performing, teaching, and music directing.

Jennifer believes music is a powerful tool for expression, healing, and connection.  She also believes music is for everyone, which is the reason she is drawn to congregational singing.  She is looking forward to using her musical gifts to lift up the voices and spirits of everyone at James Reeb.  And she is excited to get to know the members of the James Reeb choir.

Jennifer lives on the east side of Madison with their partner and two cats.  Beyond music, they love reading, walking, dancing, crafting, and spending time with close friends.  Jennifer’s spiritual teachers include water, prairies, songbirds, Pema Chödrön, Rumi, and Beyoncé.

“We gather together to share the sacred breath, to build the beloved community…. Breath by breath, word by word, note by note. We gather together to sing the beloved community into being. This is our work, this is our calling, this is our joy.” – Ian Riddell, Former Music Director, JRUUC
December 2022

Sacred Breath Choir

Any congregant or community member interested in participating is welcome to participate in music ministry at JRUUC. Please check your weekly email for the latest information about choir rehearsal (usually Thursdays 7:00-8:30) and special music from the choir during Sunday services.

Choir will break for summer after Flower Communion on June 4.  Rehearsals will begin again on Thursday August 31, with the first choir Sunday being Water Communion on Sept 10.

Please send an email to with any questions or thoughts you have about music ministry at JRUUC.

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Interested in singing along with your own hymnal? You can borrow one from the congregation!

JRUUC Choir 2015, “Love in Action”