Keyboards/backup singer - Entrusted365 from Carlisle, PA.
Accompanist on staff - Carlisle First United Church of Christ
Piano Teacher - Private Lessons to beginner students
Local Praise and Worship bands.
Jillian Whittaker is a pianist who grew up in New Jersey, but has lived in Pennsylvania for the past nine years. She has played piano for many events in different facilities from small churches to large auditoriums. She has accompanied college and church bands, choirs, orchestras, as well as performing as a solo musician at weddings, conferences, and other events all over the tri-state area. She completed her Bachelor’s in Music Ministry at Lancaster Bible College in 2007, where she toured with the choir up and down the east coast as Head Piano Accompanist. She even had the unique experience of accompanying church services in Jamaica during a missions trip in 2005, while also serving as the missions team drama director. Not long after graduating college Jillian was accepted into the week long "Summer Shot" program at the Musician's Institute in LA, where she took classes from Instructors who toured and recorded with Major Artists. She always loved to learn new instruments, and was also trained in voice, flute, harp, hand bells, Irish penny whistle, timpani and other percussion. Jillian likes to play with other musicians, and has experience directing small bands and vocal teams. Her favorite styles are Broadway/Movie Soundtrack, Pop, and rock but will gladly play anything set in front of her. She is currently a piano accompanist and praise team member for a few local churches, and teaches private piano lessons to beginner students. For fun Jillian loves to sing, dance, act, and volunteer as a stage technician for concerts and live theater. She also has a heart for healthcare, and currently works "by day" as a Licensed Massage Therapist.
Education & Experience
- Wedding and special event musician
- 25+ years vocal/instrumental performance in traditional and contemporary church music settings, and Vocal/piano competitions
- Experience as Music Director for several musicals in both churches and Community Theatres
- 3 yrs Private Piano Teaching
- 2 yrs Keyboard/backup vocals for the band "Dance Fairies Dance"
BS in Music Ministry from Lancaster Bible College
3 years private piano lessons
1 year private voice lessons
3 years choir- Soprano II
3 years head piano accompanist
1 year private organ lessons
1 year orchestra- percussion
1 year Hand bell Choir
4 years worship teams/bands (church and school)
Music Director for 2 children's musicals.
Intern Worship Director for New Durham Chapel in NJ.
Certificate in Bible from Word of Life Bible Ins.
1 year Collegian choir
1 year Ensemble/actress in Musicals
1 year Private piano lessons
Summer Shot Certificate from Musicians Ins.
Private piano instruction.
Classes in Jazz, Funk, Rock, songwriting and theory.
Performed with 4 rock bands.
High School (2000-2003)
1st place Nationally for piano duet -Teens Involved competition
1st place in NJ for small vocal group -TI
5th place in New Jersey for Sacred piano solo -NACC competition
1st in NJ for piano duet -NACC
1st in NJ for piano duo -NACC
1st in NJ for choir (2 years in a row) -NACC
2nd in NJ for Choric reading group -NACC
2nd Place Nationally for large vocal ensemble -NACC