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.”
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.
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 thes 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.
war, as George Washington used the mansion as hi
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.
Next stop is the
neighborhood,Thurgood Marshall and Zora Neale Hurston..
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