SJASD Music Celebration 2018

SJASD Music Celebration, February 12-15, 2018,  is a process-oriented, non-competitive choral      
 experience for K-12 teachers and students. Adjudicators will have 10 minutes after each performance to provide onstage feedback to director's and students that will further develop choral skills and take choirs to the next level of learning. Admission is free and all are welcome!                                                             

Welcome to our 2018 Adjudicator, Janet Brenneman


Janet Brenneman, Ph. D

Dr. Janet Brenneman is Associate Professor of Music at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg Manitoba, where she conducts CMU Singers, the CMU Women's Chorus, and the CMU Festival Chorus, a symphonic chorus for CMU students, alumni, and community members. The CMU choirs may be heard regularly on local radio broadcasts, in concert in the Winnipeg area and on cross-Canada tours, and on their CD’s, On Earth as in Heaven and hope, faith, life, love. Janet also teaches choral conducting and in the area of music teacher education. Active in the local choral community, Janet is the Conductor of two community choirs - Renaissance Voices, and the Faith and Life Women’s Chorus.

Born and raised in Ontario, Janet holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Music Education from the University of Toronto where her mentors Dr. Doreen Rao and Dr. Elmer Iseler deeply inspired her.  She earned a Ph.D. in Music Education at Michigan State University where she had the privilege of studying with conductor Dr. Charles Smith and music education expert Dr. Cynthia Taggart. As a graduate student, she was awarded the prestigious Sir Ernest MacMillan Award in Music Education for her research and scholarship. Her research interests include gender issues in choral music education, rehearsal pedagogy for the boys changing voice, and inclusive language in the choral rehearsal.

Janet has conducted children's choirs, community choirs, church choirs, university choirs and taught elementary music education in Ontario, Michigan, and Manitoba.  She was the conductor of the Woodstock Fanshawe Singers in Woodstock Ontario, and a member of the Gerald Fagan Singers in London Ontario before moving to Winnipeg in 2000.  Janet conducted with Pembina Trails Voices for 11 years working with elementary, middle, and secondary school girls and boys choirs. She is currently a member of the Association for Music Administrators in Manitoba and holds a portfolio position with the Manitoba Music Educators’ Association writing philosophical statements for that organization.

Janet enjoys her work as a choral clinician and music educator. During the current year, she is guest conducting and serving as adjudicator/clinician for festivals and concerts in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and PEI. She served on the teaching faculty of the Choral Music Experience Institute where she earned the Artist-Teacher Diploma, and as a member of the Artistic Staff of the Toronto Bach Festival at the University of Toronto where she coordinated the Helmuth Rilling conducting master class and coached its conductors. Conductor and CME Institute Director Doreen Rao has described Janet as a “truly gifted and accomplished conductor and teacher [whose choirs] are a new treasure, rare, brilliant and Canadian.” 

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