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Jessica Laun

Jessica Laun

Jessica Laun

Jessica Laun graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University in 2005, with degrees in Music Theory and Composition and International Comparative Studies. During her time at Duke, she was heavily involved in the campus music scene, being a member of the Duke Chorale and music director of Rhythm & Blue, Duke’s oldest co-ed a capella group.

After graduating from Duke and spending some time at home in San Diego, she decided to move to New York City to follow her passion in the music industry. Thanks to her relationships with Professors of music Stephen Jaffe and Anthony Kelley, Jessicca was able to enter the industry through a year-long internship at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). In 2006, she began working at Boosey & Hawkes as a publications and marketing coordinator. During her time at Boosey & Hawkes, Jessica moved on from being the publications coordinator for the company’s choral series into music licensing for tv, film, and advertising. As part of the Synchronized Licensing Department of the company, she was responsible for pitching and licensing music for such tv shows and movies as The Simpsons, The Truman Show, and the Spiderman series.

After working at Boosey & Hawkes for approximately 3 years, Jessica was hired by Warner/Chappell Music, where she currently works as a Senior Manager of Strategic Marketing. Besides her current occupation, Jessica is also the Secretary on the board of directors for The Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, where she helps program concerts to encourage young musicians in the field of choral music.

Jessica has stated that she is very happy to have found her dream job, commenting on the subject; “You just can’t be afraid to try and really go after what you want. If there’s anytime to do it, to take a risk, it’s as a college graduate.”

 -Barış Köksalan


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Guest Blogger: [Stephanie Korszen]. Historic and Haute Harlem

Imagine my surprise — I emerge from the subway
station on 163rd Street and Broadway to find a whole new terrain,
characterized by wide avenues and low, older-looking buildings. 
The Harlem
landscape is certainly a huge departure from Downtown Manhattan’s narrow roads
and newer, taller buildings.  One of the main causes of this is the physical distance separating this region
from downtown, as it helped to postpone any kind of
large-scale development until the early part of the 20th century,
protecting the historic place names and the rustic quality that give this area of Manhattan its unique charm.  Unfortunately, this  distance  is also the main reason why more people don’t  explore the area. I highly recommend making at least one trip up to Historic and Haute Harlem to see some of the beautiful architecture, historic buildings, and other sights.

Morrisjumelmansion The  most beautiful building I have seen in my time in New York is the  the Palladian style



. The house, located on Jumel Terrace, is the
oldest house in


. It played a significant role in the
war, as George Washington used the mansion as his headquarters in the fall of 1776 .  There is a beautiful garden in the back of the mansion and it would be a lovely place to read a book or have a picnic.


..Across the street from the mansion is Sylvan
Terrace. The green shutters that adorn
both rows of these wooden two-story houses, along with the cobblestone street
that seperates the two buildings, work together to conjure years past — 1882
to be precise.

Just past Sylvan Terrace, on West 155th Street, is the Hispanic Society of America, a museum and library dedicated to the study of
Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American culture and art. The museum and reference library are always
free to the public. 


Next door to the Hispanic Society is the



of Arts and Letters. The Academy is an honors society that aims to
promote interest in Literature, Art, and music via recognizing individual
artists.  Unfortunately, there are no exhibitions at the Academy over the summer.




’s graveyard is
the next sightseeing attraction you will stumble upon in your Historic Harlem travels.  The landmark is characterized by lush greenery and stone walls lining the perimeter.

Hamilton_heightsNext stop is the



comprised of three and four story single-family homes, rather Victorian in
style.  In the 1920s to 1950s, many historically significant people lived in this neighborhood, including Thurgood Marshall and Zora Neale Hurston..


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