Charles R. Jennings


Fine Arts Division

Office: Locke 109
Telephone: (209) 954-5209
Fax: (209) 954-5755

Dr. Charles Jennings was appointed to the faculty at San Joaquin Delta College in 1989, as Director of Bands. He has taught at all levels from elementary school through college and has served on the faculties of Santa Rosa Junior College and Modesto Junior College, as well as having taught in the California public schools. He was formerly Director of Bands at Sonoma Valley High School, and District Arts Facilitator for the Tamalpais Union High School District in Marin County. In June of 2000, Dr. Jennings was appointed Chairperson of the Fine Arts Division, and oversees the Departments of Art, Dance, Drama, Graphic Arts, Journalism & Mass Communication, Music, Photography, and Radio/Television. In addition, he is responsible for managing the Delta Center for the Arts.

A graduate of Santa Rosa Junior College, California State University, Chico, and the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, he holds Associate in Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Dr. Jennings has studied conducting with Hans Beer at USC, Daniel Hiestand at CSU, Chico, and with Frederick Fennell. He has done research in music education and has published an exhaustive paper on applied music instruction in the California Community Colleges.

In developing the College's jazz program, Dr. Jennings initiated the Delta Jazz Series, bringing some of the greatest jazz legends in the world to the college for performances with the student bands. He has also been able to implement a comprehensive program of applied music instruction, providing each music major with weekly, private lessons by college faculty who specialize in that particular instrument or voice.

Dr. Jennings is a leader in arts education. He keeps busy as a conductor, and clinician. On several occasions, he has been asked to address the California Council of Music Teacher Education. In addition, he has served as President of the Music Association of California Community Colleges and the Northern California Band Directors Association. He was a member of the Executive Board of the California Music Educators Association-Bay Section for four years. At San Joaquin Delta College, he was a member of the Academic Senate, and was President of San Joaquin Delta College Teachers' Association. Currently, he is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda – the National Music Honor Society, the College Band Directors National Association, and the International Association of Assembly Managers. He is also listed in Who's Who in the West, and Who's Who in Entertainment.