Introducing Jane Perry

Jane Perry, Artistic Director of CRSPJane Perry is a choral conductor, church musician, collaborative pianist and teacher. She is Artistic Director of the Calgary Renaissance Singers and Players and the Music Director at the Unitarian Church of Calgary. Jane is also the founding conductor of One Voice Chorus, Calgary’s 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.

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.