B i o g r a p h y
Currently a student at the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division, Jodi studies Piano, Conducting, Music Theory, and Composition. She was accepted into the Mannes composition honors at age 10. She also studies Jazz piano with Luciano Salvatore, Voice with Jeanai La Vita .
In 2010 at the age of 9, she wrote and performed a song “Heroes of Autism” for Toys R Us to be used in conjunction with a fundraiser for Autism Speaks. This campaign raised over $3,000,000.
Jodi is a four time finalist in the ASCAP Young Composers Awards 2012, 2013 , 2014 and 2017.
October 2012, Jodi Performed a duet with Katy Perry on “The Night of Too Many Stars” at NYC’s Beacon Theatre. Televised on Comedy Central, more than $4,000,000 was raised for autism education. An internet sensation, this performance received so much media and attention that Jodi has been featured in newspapers, magazines, on the radio, and television all over the world. Most importantly to Jodi, she appeared in both Bop and Popstar magazines. She has received thousands of emails, letters and cards, speaking of the hope and inspiration this performance has given to parents of children with autism, and since that October she has performed at over 200 fundraisers for The Arc, AutismNJ, Autism speaks, Children’s Aid and Family Services, The Special Olympics and many others.
In 2015 she returned to the Night of Too Many stars and performed a duet with "Weird" Al Yankovic. They performed "Yoda" a parody along with the Action Play Chorus (a group of autistic children" this video also went viral.
In 2017 she returned yet again to the NIght of Too Many stars for an HBO special and performed a duet with Cynthia Erivo. They performed "Rise Up" to a standing ovation.
Jodi is a High School Freshman. She enjoys playing Piano, Guitar Clarinet and Ukulele. She is a composer, singer and songwriter, in many genres including Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock and Broadway.
Jodi was diagnosed with Autism at the age of two.