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Jenny Crober



Jenny Crober received her Mus.Bac (Hon.) and B. of Ed. at UWO, where she studied with the legendary choral conductor, Deral Johnson, and renowned pianist and educator, Gwen Beamish MacMillan. During Jenny’s almost 40 years as a professional musician, she has had a richly varied career as a collaborative pianist; choral conductor, arranger and accompanist; piano teacher; vocal coach; clinician; classroom teacher; adjudicator; dance accompanist and composer; recording artist; and a cappella jazz vocalist. Ensembles she has performed with include the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto Operetta Theatre, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, the Orpheus Choir of Toronto and Young Voices Toronto. Jenny has worked with several noted conductors, including Elmer Iseler, Lydia Adams and Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, and with numerous renowned composers, including Ola Gjeilo, Bob Chilcott and Sarah Quartel. Jenny sang with and composed for the vocal jazz sextet “Union Station” (featured on CBC Radio), and has performed as a back-up vocalist and pianist on several CDs. She was the collaborative pianist with singer Patricia O’Callaghan on her debut CD, “Youkali”, recipient of a prestigious Billboard Magazine Critics’ Choice Award. Jenny has been the artistic director of the VOCA Chorus of Toronto since 2004, and has programmed an eclectic mix of music for this ensemble - encompassing major works, as well as a variety of classical, folk/world, jazz, musical theatre, and numerous contemporary Canadian compositions - featuring some of Canada’s finest musicians (inlcuding Alana Bridgewater, Michael Occhipinti and Andrew Haji) as guest artists. She has conducted numerous choral workshops, including two each with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and CAMMAC. Jenny co-conducted Scott Macmillan's Celtic Mass for the Sea with a mass choir (the ‘Canadian Celtic Chorus’) from six Canadian provinces at Carnegie Hall in May 2015. VOCA held a workshop in 2016 with the renowned composer, Ola Gjeilo, after which he invited Jenny to assemble a group of singers to perform as part of a mass choir at Carnegie Hall in April, 2018. Over 250 choristers from across the globe performed Mr. Gjeilo’s Dreamweaver at Carnegie Hall - featuring the composer at the piano. VOCA was honoured to present the Canadian premiere of Ola Gjeilo’s Dreamweaver in May, 2018, and will be featuring the Missa Gaia/Earth Mass with several renowned jazz musicians in April, 2019.