Title: Director of Orff Music
Company: First Presbyterian Church
Location: Jackson, Michigan, United States
Jacqueline Ryder Livesay, Director of Orff Music at First Presbyterian Church, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music.
Since childhood, Ms. Livesay was passionate about music and its potential to bring people together and help them communicate. By the time she entered high school, she knew that she wanted to pursue a career in music and deepen her knowledge of the field. She earned a Bachelor of Music from the Westminster Choir College in 1973 and continued her education at the University of Michigan, earning a Master of Music in 1977. In 2001, she completed a Master of Arts in education from Spring Arbor University and earned Levels I, II, and II Orff-Schulwerk and Level I education through movement credentials at the Gordon Institute of Music.
Ms. Livesay began her career as an organist and minister of music at Trinity United Methodist Church in 1977, remaining until 2003. During that time, she was also a teacher of elementary music at Vandercook Lake Public Schools from 1989 to 1998 and a teacher of elementary music at Jackson Public Schools from 1998 to 2012. In 2003, she became the director of children’s music and an organist of the First United Methodist Church and has been in those positions since. She has also been the director of Orff music at First Presbyterian Church since 2005 and director of the Jackson Chorale Children’s Choir since 2008.
Alongside her career, Ms. Livesay has also been an organ soloist and co-chair of the task force/capital campaign for the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, a faculty member at Community Music School Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the magnet committee at Jackson Public Schools since 2007. As a testament to her career, she was named Outstanding Elementary Educator by Jackson Public Schools in 2001. She has been inducted as a member of the Jackson Tuesday Musical since 1997, where she was the president from 2017 to 2019. She was also the president of the Philanthropic Educational Organization in 2016. She has also been listed in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.
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