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Jonathan Whitney

“We are the light.” Jonathan Whitney, the drummer, the composer, the father, and the artivist is a native Delawarean. After attending the University of the Delaware, where he received his degree in Music Education, Jonathan took a position as band director at the Tatnall School for 11 years. In 2013, he moved on to attend the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he received a Master's in Jazz Studies. He then joined the Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education, first as a teaching artist and then as artistic director. Following his time at DIAE, Jonathan took on the position of manager of performance programs and community engagement at the Delaware Art Museum which allowed him to bring together his two passions, the arts and connecting people to create positive change in our communities. He is now co-owner of Flux Creative Consultants and artist-in-residence at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew where he focuses on jazz composition, performance, and using music to build community through the SsAM Drum Circle. He is a master teaching artist with experience working with all ages.

Jonathan can be seen performing with Lili Añel, his band the Whitney Project, and Jea Street Jr. He is also a busy freelance musician and composer. In 2020 he received the Delaware Division of the Arts Established Artist Fellowship for Jazz Composition.

His debut album, “Life’s Dimensions” was released in November 2020 featuring his band The Whitney Project.


2020 Delaware Division of the Arts Established Artist Fellow


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Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Album Discography


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