Archdiocesan Music Program


The Archdiocesan Music Program offers instrumental lessons and a group band experience in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington.



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Mrs. Jennifer Tifford

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Teaching with the Archdiocesan Music program since September 1993, Mrs. Jennifer Tifford is currently Band Director at St John the Baptist, St Jane DeChantal, Holy Cross, St Bernadette's, and St Elizabeth's School.

Originally from Fairfax, Virginia, Mrs. Tifford began her music education studying the piano and saxophone. Switching to the oboe, Jennifer soon after was accepted into the studio of famed Oboist Donald Hefner. She later continued her studies with Richard White, English Hornist with the National Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Tifford is a graduate of the Catholic University of America where, as principal Oboe, had the honor of meeting and performing for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in May 1993. She has also performed for President George H.W. Bush, and for the American Cardinal’s at their annual meetings. Under her tutelage, Mrs. Tifford’s bands have received top prizes each year for three decades.

Tifford is married to Matthew, a professional Cellist, and has five children, Grace, Mary, Molly, James and Lucia. They are parishioners at Saint Bernadette's Church in Silver Spring, Maryland.


Holy Cross School, Garrett Park, MD
St. Jane de Chantal School, Bethesda, MD
St. John the Baptist School, Silver Spring, MD
St. Bernadette School, Silver Spring, MD
St. Elizabeth School, Rockville, MD