Biography: 

Jenny is originally from Calgary and moved to Vancouver in February 2006 to pursue her artistic interests.  She studied voice at the University of Calgary, graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and a Minor in Drama.  She also holds a Diploma in Music Performance from Mount Royal College.

  Jenny started her musical studies in accordion at the age of 5 and shortly thereafter was introduced to one of her greatest passions – choral music.  She grew up performing with a variety of choral ensembles in Calgary and Alberta, including the award-winning Mount Royal Youth Choir and University of Calgary Jazz Ensemble, University of Calgary Chamber Choir, Alberta Honour Choir, Ad Libitum and OnCue.  For nine years, Jenny has been a member of the Vancouver Chamber Choir (Jon Washburn, Artistic Director), one of North America’s foremost professional choral ensembles, and has also appeared with numerous other choral groups in the Lower Mainland (including musica intima).  For three seasons, Jenny was also assistant conductor of the Zing! Children's Choir in Vancouver.

As a vocal soloist, Jenny has performed extensively throughout Alberta and B.C. and has had the opportunity to sing in a variety of different venues and styles, ranging from classical, musical theatre, and jazz, to pop and country.  Performances include appearances with the Lady Larks (formerly known as the K Sisters), Chutzpah! Festival, LANDE Productions, the Health Arts Society and the Erato Ensemble amongst others. 

In addition to solo and choral appearances, Jenny has an abiding passion for theatre, and is a professional member of the Canadian Actors' Equity Association.  Theatre credits include productions with Patrick Street Productions, Axis Theatre, Snapshots Collective, Applause! Musicals, Fugue Theatre, Metro Theatre and North Shore Light Opera, among others.  She is co-producer of the Impromptu Cabaret Festival (a solo musical theatre festival held annually at the Havana Theatre), and composed the music for Titus:  The Light and Delightful Musical Comedy of Titus Andronicus (Awkward Stage), which won Pick of the Vancouver Fringe. 

Jenny has been teaching private voice, piano and theory lessons since 2000, and has been involved as a vocal coach and choral clinician for over a decade as well.  She continues to hone her own pedagogical skills through workshops and master classes.  She adores seeing students develop a life-long love for music!

 

Personal Teaching Philosophy: 

 

My goal is to work with each student in a comfortable, non-intimidating environment best fitting their individual abilities and musical interests.  Some students respond best to a challenging environment including examination preparation, performance and competition; some students respond better to a more recreational approach using some of the many standard method books available; and some need to move away from the traditional methods to valuable musical concepts like composition, improvisation, ear-training, music history, musical interaction through movement, etc. 

I’ve found that the more a student is internally motivated by music (not by external expectations), the more their length of study will increase, so I continually try to touch base with students and family members to find ways to keep lessons relevant and inspiring for each student, while providing them with musical challenges and measurable progress.     

Specifically in the area of vocal instruction, I do believe that several different styles of music can be sung healthily and freely, as long as a solid overall vocal technique is established.  Because of this, I work with students on both “standard” vocal method books/repertoire AND supplementary material (which students choose/provide in consultation with me) in the musical styles they’re interested in.  I also believe that anyone can improve their vocal ability – they may not become professional singers, but they can start to feel more comfortable with their voice and singing!  

 

Important Lesson Information:

·         There may be recitals and workshops during the year (these will be announced approximately a month in advance) in addition to other performances which may come available to students.  These are optional, but low-pressure, fun, and a great opportunity to gauge your progress!  If you are interested in performing, make sure that you discuss with me well in advance which song you will be most prepared to perform.

·         Always be sure to let me know if you’re interested in trying something new with lessons (for example, local competitions/performances, RCM exams, improvisation, composition, etc.).