50 years of high notes

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“Eight years of ac­com­pa­ny­ing choirs in Taupo¯ has been a won­der­ful chal­lenge,” said Jenny Brown as she pre­pared for her fi­nal ac­com­pa­ni­ment role with the St An­drews choir at the Nine Lessons & Car­ols Ser­vice on De­cem­ber 16.

Jenny be­gan learn­ing the pi­ano at age 10. Her fam­ily of­ten moved but she con­tin­ued with Royal Schools Mu­sic ex­ams in prac­ti­cal and the­ory, reach­ing grade eight be­fore go­ing to Teacher Train­ing Col­lege.

In time Jenny mar­ried and had chil­dren but by 1972 this wo­man who loves mu­sic had gained her Mu­sic Teach­ing Diploma (ATCL). With joint teach­ing skills Jenny has taught pi­ano for over 50 years and at pri­mary schools for over 40 years. In ad­di­tion to teach­ing, she has played the or­gan or pi­ano in churches and has ac­com­pa­nied child and adult choirs for many years in­clud­ing the cho­ral so­ci­eties on Wai­heke Is­land and in Taupo¯ . Cho­ral groups sing in four parts and Jenny’s skills en­able her to iden­tity each part and play it with some ac­com­pa­ni­ment to en­hance learn­ing.

Ever keen to en­cour­age mu­sic where she could, Jenny branched into be­ing area con­duc­tor for the West­ern Hutt Re­gion Pri­mary Schools Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in the 1970s and as a mem­ber of the In­sti­tute of Reg­is­tered Mu­sic Teach­ers of New Zealand has also ac­com­pa­nied singing stu­dents. Jenny is the New Zealand rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Aus­tralian and New Zealand Cul­tural Arts Mu­sic Ex­am­i­na­tion Board and their New Zealand Board mem­ber for mod­ern/ clas­si­cal ex­ams, per­for­mance ex­ams and jazz ex­ams.

Jenny’s re­tire­ment from the Taupo¯ Cho­ral So­ci­ety leaves a huge gap for the singers who will miss her hu­mour, pa­tience and abil­ity to work with a va­ri­ety of mu­si­cal di­rec­tors. There is now an ac­com­pa­nist place to be filled for the cho­ral so­ci­ety.

■ To ap­ply ring Jenny McDon­ald 378 8973 or 027 478 6397.

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Ac­com­pa­nist Jenny Brown has re­tired from the Taupo¯ Cho­ral So­ci­ety.

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