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After an early bleak prognosis, Orange County prodigy moves to LB’s Ridgewood Heights to continue prosperous science, music careers

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Jennifer Lindsay has overcome nearly insurmountable odds since birth, when she suffered through brain trauma and oxygen loss.

Jennifer Lindsay has overcome nearly insurmountable odds since birth, when she suffered through brain trauma and oxygen loss.

By Brett Ashley Hawkins
Editorial Intern

A violinist, soprano, composer, systems engineer, and concertmistress, Orange County native Jennifer Lindsay has settled down in her first home in the Ridgewood Heights area of Bixby Knolls. She has shown a prowess in mathematics and computer science and a talent for both vocal and instrumental music.
“The homes in Ridgewood are several decades older [than homes in Orange County],” said Lindsay. “It’s really fun to walk up and down the streets and see all the different architectural additions and modifications that have been made. And they’re all so colorful— the entire rainbow is represented. It’s a bit like walking through a candy shop.”
Lindsay has faced nearly insurmountable odds since birth, when she suffered through brain trauma and oxygen loss. After her brain scan test results were abnormal and her Apgar score (an assessment of the health of an infant immediately after birth) was very low, the situation in the intensive care unit at San Diego Children’s Hospital of Orange County looked bleak. However, Lindsay eventually triumphed over her trauma and began an impressive academic and musical journey.
She started reading words at eight months old and then children’s books independently at three years old. Lindsay began studying the Suzuki Violin Method at 3 and then received her first voice lessons at the age of 8. In the subsequent years, Lindsay became a founding member of the Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, a MENSA member, and a college student at the age of 13, taking calculus and advanced chemistry courses. She also managed to be a National Merit Scholar and a National Renaissance Scholar in both academics and music.
“At 13 my parents and I decided to forego traditional high school in favor of attending Orange Coast College, a decision I do not regret,” Lindsay said.
Continuing her academic pursuits, Lindsay received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics and computer science from Harvey Mudd College, Columbia University, and Johns Hopkins University, and she now serves on the board of trustees for the former. Lindsay is now employed as a systems engineer for Science Applications International Corporation, a Fortune 500 company.
While completing her studies, Lindsay continued to play violin and sing— performing vocally and instrumentally at several high-profile events. Among her venues played are Disney Hall in 2009 and 2010, as part of the Southeast Symphony, and Carnegie Hall in 2009 with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. Lindsay now serves locally as concertmistress of the Bellflower Symphony Orchestra.
In 2009, she released her debut album on Sinfonia Records– Songs in the Dark, a collection of electronic, world beat, ambient, and classical songs with allusions to Gothic melancholy. Lindsay composed, produced, engineered, and arranged every song on the album. “I wrote [the songs] mostly during the long winters and harsh summers while I was living in Maryland,” she said. “Several of them are inspired by my spiritual side! discovering, accepting, and expressing your inner voice.”
Because of her medical struggles and success academically and musically, Lindsay has appeared on CBS’s Day and Date, ABC’s The View and Inside Edition, NBC’s The Other Side, and KCAL’s The Hour of Power with Rev. Robert Schuller. She was also featured in Essence magazine.
Lindsay is currently preparing to perform one of her songs, “End of Days,” live with the West Covina Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 7:30pm at the East Meets West concert at the Sophia B. Clarke Theater at Mt. San Antonio College. The concert aims to celebrate diverse cultures and communities with music from African-American, Chinese, Latino, and classic “Americana” composers. Michael Antonovich, LA County Supervisor of the 5th District will appear as a guest conductor.
For more about Lindsay’s music, visit JenniferLindsayMusic.com.

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After an early bleak prognosis, Orange County prodigy moves to LB’s Ridgewood Heights to continue prosperous science, music careers