Jennie Del Motte
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Jennie Del Motte is a passionate advocate of the study of all genres and styles of music, especially those we encounter most often in our daily lives. She holds a B.Mus in voice and composition from Mount Allison and an M.A. (Music) from the University of Alberta, specializing in musicology, music theory, and film score analysis.
A 20-year veteran of professional theatre in the Maritimes, Jennie has served as musical director for both professional and amateur productions, with a focus on new Canadian theatre and musicals. Jennie has also worked extensively as a freelance performer, teacher and adjudicator in voice and piano, and as a collaborative pianist as well.
As a composer, Jennie has written works performed by the Vancouver Chamber Choir (Harvest Moon (2007 commission) and Wondering (1999, YCC winner)) and has written and arranged scores for a variety of theatrical productions including the world premiere of Don Hannah's There is a Land of Pure Delight (Live Bait Theatre). Her latest work La Sainte Vierge, based on poetry by Métis leader Louis Riel, was premiered on Parliament Hill by the Aurora Women's Choir as part of the 2016 Canada Day celebrations
Jennie is interested in the culture, values and sound of music (from classical to mainstream “pop”) and how they affect the way we create and understand music both individually and commercially; some of her initial research was presented at Mount Allison in a 2012 talk “She Ain't Pretty, She Just Sounds That Way: Autotune and the Cult of Musical Replication.” She is currently working on an analysis of the Trey Parker/Matt Stone musical “The Book of Mormon.”
Jennie aims to make learning music (and learning about music) a vibrant and accessible language for fans of all types of music, from Mozart to Madonna to Dvorak to Drake.
Bachelor of Music, Mount Allison University, 2002
Master of Arts in Music, University of Alberta, 2004
Mount Allison, Part-Time Lecturer (Voice and Music Theory) 2011-2013
Part-Time Lecturer (Music Theory & History) 2015
Part-Time Lecturer (Musicianship) 2016-17
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