H. A. M. P. A.

Hollidaysburg Arts & Music Parent Association

JH Orchestra

Jennifer Pappel - Orchestra Director

Jennifer Pappal has been the orchestra director and a general music teacher at Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School since 2000.  Prior to that, she taught elementary music for the Riverview School District in Oakmont, PA.  Additionally, Jennifer was a prior conductor of the Blair Concert Chorale Children’s Choir.  In 2009, Jennifer was awarded the PMEA District 6 Citation of Excellence award for the middle school/junior high level.

Jennifer has been a first violinist with the Altoona Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, Westmoreland Symphony, Nittany Valley Symphony, and the Chamber Orchestra of the Alleghenies and has appeared in backing ensembles for Lee Ann Rimes, Frank Sinatra Jr., and David Gates.  She also performs frequently in pit orchestras for various theater groups in the  area including Altoona Community Theatre, P&J Productions, and many various high schools.   

Jennifer holds a B.S. in Music Education (summa cum laude) and a M.M. in Music Education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.  While at Duquesne, she was a student of Pittsburgh Ballet/Opera Orchestra concertmaster, Charles Stegeman.  

Junior High Orchestra Concert Dress Code


Black skirt or dress pants, black blouse (no spaghetti straps!)
OR – an all-black dress, black nylons or stockings, and black dress shoes.


White dress shirt, black dress slacks, black shoes – no sneakers!

A black tie is optional.