Composer - Singer - Harpist - Teacher - Vocal Yogi - Earth-Sound Researcher

Artist biography:

Jenece is a composer, singer, harpist, Reiki Master Teacher, Vocal Yogi, Earth-Sound Researcher, and teacher of composition, voice, Vocal Yoga, and piano. 



PERFORMANCE:

An  accomplished performer, Jenece is experienced in  classical, jazz, experimental/improvisatory, and  contemporary art music performance. She has performed as a vocalist with Tony Arnold for the International Contemporary Ensemble solo recital  series ICETank in New York, the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, Buffalo Master Chorale, The Westminster Schola, Harmonia Chamber Singers, Blossom Festival Chorus, Babel experimental vocal ensemble, Joan Szymko's Viriditas women’s chorus, the Open Music Ensemble, the  Reactionary Ensemble, the Buffalo Improvisers Orchestra and Lawrence  “Butch” Morris, Beyond/In Western New York International Arts  Exposition, Abraxas New Music Ensemble, Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble,  Surround: Audio/Visual multimedia performances, Portland  Trinity Episcopal Cathedral choir, First Fridays at the Albright Knox  Art Gallery, Alison Knowles, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo  Infringement Festival, as staff singer at Hudson United Methodist  Church and St. John’s Grace Episcopal Church and Westminster  Presbyterian Church, with Macushla & Friends in the Edinburgh  Festival Fringe, and in Celtic Kirtan events in New York and North  Carolina.

COMPOSITION:

Diverse groups and  soloists worldwide have commissioned and performed Jenece's music, including the the New York Virtuoso Singers,  pianist Alison d’Amato, soprano Tony Arnold, cellist Jonathan  Golove, soprano Dana Schnitzer, the Clarence High School Chorale, Quince Vocal Ensemble, Abraxas New Music  Ensemble, Westminster Presbyterian Church choir (Buffalo), the Barton  Workshop, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Marginal Buzz Machine, the  Holland/Weissman Duo, Season String Quartet, flutist Sabatino Scirri,  cellist Emmalee Hunnicut, guitarist William DeHaro,  multi-instrumentalist Nicholas "The Bard" Andrea, trombonist Trevor  Bjørklund, the harp/flute duo of Jocelyn Chang and Michael Leese,  pianist John-Reuben Piirainen, soprano Robyn Lanier, pianist Sarah  Evans, La Catrina String Quartet, itch contemporary ensemble of Brevard  Music Festival, percussionist John Bacon, University of Akron Woodwind  Quintet, soprano Amanda DeBoer, percussionist Kyle Price, cellist  Kathleen Ashwill, clarinetist Christopher Culp, flutist Alicia Poot,  percussionist Bill Sallak, pianist James Cross, University at Buffalo  Woodwind Quintet, Bowling Green State University Theatre Department, and  violinist Jeffrey Leigh. Jenece also regularly works with dancers,  actors, and performance artists to create interdisciplinary multimedia  performance works.  Jenece served as Composer-in-Residence, Associate Conductor, and Staff Singer for the Westminster Presbyterian Church choir of Buffalo, NY under the direction of Garrett Martin.


EDUCATION:

Jenece  earned the Ph.D in Music Composition from the State University of New  York at Buffalo, the Master of Music degrees in Music Composition and  Vocal Performance from the University of Akron, and the Bachelor of Arts  in Ethnomusicology from Bowling Green State University. Her studies in  ethnomusicology led her to study Balinese Gamelan music with Pak Wayan  Suweca on the island of Bali, Indonesia. She studied voice with Tony  Arnold and Deborah Kavasch and music composition with Marilyn Shrude,  Burton Beerman, Donald Wilson, Wallace DePue, Jeffrey Stadelman,  Jonathan Golove, and David Felder. She has also participated in  workshops, festivals, and summer programs such as the June in Buffalo  Festival, Summer in Sombor program in Serbia, Brevard Music Center, and  the Weill Music Institute of Carnegie Hall.  Jenece is a certified  teacher of the Heather Lyle Vocal Yoga Method.®

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