Introducing Jane Perry
After her August 2011 move from Ottawa, Jane Perry is happy to be participating in Calgary’s cultural scene as a choral conductor, church musician, collaborative pianist and teacher. She is in her first season as the Artistic Director of the Calgary Renaissance Singers and Player and the Music Director at the Unitarian Church of Calgary.
Jane is also the founding conductor of One Voice Chorus, Calgary’s newest mixed choir for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender singers and their straight allies.
Jane is a classically-trained pianist. She earned a Master of Music degree (chamber music specialization) from the University of Ottawa, where she studied with Cynthia Millman Floyd. She also holds an Associate diploma (piano performance) from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She performed frequently in Ottawa as a chamber musician and vocal accompanist. Some of her concerts were recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio. In autumn 1998, she was an Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts, where she had the opportunity to work with such luminaries as Edgar Meyer, Rivka Golani, and Gilbert Kalish.
Jane’s love of choral accompaniment began while she was in university, and evolved into a career. Over time, she played for all Ottawa’s leading choirs, including the Cantata Singers of Ottawa, the Canadian Centennial Choir, Opera Lyra Ottawa Chorus, and the Ottawa Choral Society. She was proud to be the rehearsal and performance pianist for the Ontario Youth Choir in 2008 and 2010.
In 2000, Jane stepped into the role of choral conductor. From 2000 to 2011, she was the Music Director of the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, where she was responsible for the church’s five choirs and ran the successful concert series Chamber Music on Cleary Avenue. For ten years, Jane was the conductor of Tone Cluster (quite a queer choir!) She led the ensemble in festival performances in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Winnipeg, and also helped to produce the choir’s first CD recording.
Jane looks forward to many joyful years of collaborative music-making with choristers and instrumentalists alike in her new city.