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  - Voice Teacher

  - Vocal Coach
  - Stratford Festival of Canada
  - Birmingham Conservatory
  - Masterclasses

Adjudicator
Jennie is an experienced vocal adjudicator and has been employed by the Ontario Arts Council, as well as Kiwanis, Lions, and Rotary Music Festival Associations to adjudicate performers. She has also taken part as an adjudicator in the NATS Regional Vocal Showcase since 2014. A motivating speaker and masterclass clinician, Jennie is sought after in this field for her encouraging and positive approach when working with young singers.
Music Festival Adjudicating Experience:

 
St. John’s Kiwanis Music Festival - Junior Voice 2006, 2011, 2016
Carbonear Kiwanis Music Festival - Senior Voice 2007
Sudbury Kiwanis Music Festival - Senior Voice, Junior Voice, Musical Theatre, Choral 2007, 2019
Cornerbrook Rotary Music Festival - Senior Voice, Junior Voice, Musical Theatre 2010
Gander Kiwanis Music Festival - Junior Voice, Musical Theatre, Choral 2010
Peterborough Kiwanis Festival - Senior Voice, Junior Voice, Musical Theatre, Small Vocal Ensembles

2011, 2018
National Capital Region Kiwanis Music Festival - Junior Voice 2011
Sault Ste. Marie Kiwanis Music Festival - Senior Voice, Junior Voice, Musical Theatre, Choral 2012
Northumberland Hills Kiwanis Festival – Junior Voice, Senior Voice, Musical Theatre April 2016, 2019
Kiwanis Festival Provincials, Hamilton ON - Junior/Intermediate Voice June 2017
Kiwanis Festival, Hamilton ON - Junior/Senior Voice 2019
Brockville Lions Music Festival, Brockville ON - Junior/Senior Voice 2020
Other Adjudicating Experience Includes:

 
Entrance auditions, Western University

2016, 2018
Undergraduate Juries, Western University
Wilfrid Laurier University
2016
2018 - 2020
Undergraduate performance major recitals, Western University 2015 - 2020
Master’s Degree recitals, Western University 2014 - 2015
NATS Competition adjudicator (Ontario Chapter) at York University, (Nov. 2014)
Western University (Nov. 2016), and Wilfrid Laurier University (Nov. 2018),
upcoming: Western University (Nov. 2019)


 
Adjudicated on a diverse five member panel of artists for the Performer/Producer grants
offered by the Ontario Arts Council
January 2017

Voice Teacher

 

Jennie currently teaches voice at Wilfrid Laurier University (2017-2020) and Western University (2013-2020).

She has also worked as a guest teacher at the Algoma Conservatory in Sault Ste. Marie, On., where she taught voice, as well as developed the curriculum and taught a musical theatre workshop for youth. This course involved exploring spoken text from age appropriate scenes and monologues, and music in the form of ensemble numbers from musicals, which Jennie staged for a final performance.

 

Vocal Coach

 

Jennie worked as the Singing Coach for the 2011 Mirvish production of the musical Billy Elliot in Toronto, On. In this role she coached the young actors in the parts of“Billy “ and “Micheal” as well as adult actors in the roles of “Dad” and “Tony”. Through
this work she gained valuable experience with the changing male voice, and helped maintain vocal health in this demanding production.

In 2018 Jennie was specifically hired to coach the lead child actor in the role of “Roch Carrier” in the National Arts Centre production of The Hockey Sweater, directed by Donna Feore and musically directed/composed by Jonathan Monro.


The Stratford Festival of Canada

 

Jennie has worked as the Singing Coach for the Acting and Musical Companies of the Stratford Festival of Canada since 2014. Currently in her sixth season with the company, she works with actors in both musicals and plays, to help them learn and
maintain their music for the duration of the ten month repertory season. In this work she teaches in individual tutorials, attends rehearsals, takes notes on diction, balance, and blend, and works closely with the musical director to help develop strategies and maintain vocal health in the productions.


Singing Coach in the following productions:

 
The Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, Mother Courage, King John 2013, 2014
The Sound of Music, Carousel, Pericles, The Taming of the Shrew, The Diary
of Anne Frank
2014, 2015
A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Breath of
Kings, As You Like It , Hypochondriac, Shakespeare in Love
2015, 2016
HMS Pinafore, Guys and Dolls, The Bakkai, The Madwoman of Chaillot 2016, 2017
The Music Man, The Tempest, The Rocky Horror Show, Julius Caesar 2017, 2018
Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, Othello, Private Lives, Merry Wives of Windsor

2018, 2019
Chicago, Here’s what it takes (a new musical by Steven Page), Spamalot 2019/20 Season
The Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre

 

This year marks Jennie’s fourth season as guest teacher in the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, the Stratford Festival’s Young Artist Training Programme. In this programme Jennie team teaches a six week singing workshop with Musical Director Franklin Brasz, in which they collaborate in the leadership of group classes with the young artists of the programme. In these classes they work with the young artists on the basic principles of singing, develop musical ideas and co-ordinations, develop a systematic approach to learning music, introduce new repertoire, and draw parallels between musical concepts and their text work as actors.


Masterclasses and Choral Workshops

 

Jennie has been twice-invited to present masterclasses at Mount Allison University in which she worked with the undergraduate singers on aspects of interpretation, as well as technical concepts, through a wide variety of repertoire including art song, lieder and opera.

At Western University Jennie co-presented a lecture in the Voice Friday Series with Anita Krause on “Performing and Coaching at Stratford”, and was also invited by the Music Education Students’ Association (MESA) to present a workshop on “Building a Private Voice Studio.”

 


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