50 years of high notes
“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.
Accompanist Jenny Brown has retired from the Taupo¯ Choral Society.