ABOUT ME

BIOGRAPHY 

 

After graduating from the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Music in 1985, Jeanette built a private voice studio of sixty voice students in Vancouver, Canada and also worked as a vocal and choral adjudicator at numerous music festivals throughout British Columbia. She was sought after as a vocal clinician with colleges, church music symposiums, arts councils, community choirs, school choirs, and presented courses in vocal pedagogy for British Columbia's Music Teacher's Association and the B.C. Choral Federation. From 1993 to 1996, she was a regular performer at the Whistler Resort's Classical Music Festival, and assumed the role of Artistic Director of the street festival from 1994 to 1996. She also conducted the Richmond Singers and was active in popular music, working as a session singer, arranger, and recording artist where she produced two CD's (Journey Without Distance and Winter's Moon), both of which received excellent reviews and substantial airplay in Canada and Asia. 

 

In 1995, Jeanette relocated to Hong Kong where she became a Senior Voice Lecturer and Conductor at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts (HKAPA). In the Music Department, she conducted the 80-voice Academy Choir, preparing the choir for special events such as the Opening Ceremonies for the Calgary International Organ Festival with guest conductor Simon Preston, a performance of Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion for the Hong Kong Arts Festival conducted by Peter Seymour, and assuming the role of principal conductor for Hong Kong's first sing-a-long Messiah at Central Plaza. In the Musical Theatre Department, she taught both private and group singing and worked as a vocal coach and choral arranger for the musical Pippin. Within the community, Jeanette was a popular vocal clinician as well as the Musical Director at Union Church. In 1998, she was invited by Singapore's Ministry of Education to provide a series of lectures on vocal pedagogy to music teachers, and to give numerous workshops to community and school choirs. The following year, she was invited to adjudicate at the Hong Kong Music Festival. Her solo performances included a classical radio recital for RTHK Radio 4, Handel’s Messiah with Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Hong Kong Bach Choir and Orchestra, and regular recitals and solos for Union Church and Community Church.

After moving to England in 1999, Jeanette became an active member of the Association of Teacher's of Singing (AOTOS) and taught vocal physiology at the University of Reading, worked as a private voice teacher, and was the 'in-house' voice instructor for the Reading Bach Choir. She was also the chorus master for the Haslemere Musical Society from 2004 to 2008, a musical society performing large works for choir and orchestra. As a soloist, she sang standard soprano repertoire with various choral groups, and performed in opera and on the radio.  She also began her doctorate at the University of Oxford, presenting her work at conferences in England, Austria, Canada, and Australia, and teaching courses in the French Baroque, Ethnomusicology, Women's Music, and the music of Henry Purcell for the Faculty of Music and various Oxford Colleges. Other recent work includes a radio recital for Radio France Bleu Mayenne, a tour of Brittany with classical guitarist Rose Andresier, and premiering one of her choral pieces with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and the Swedish Voices Chamber Choir which was performed on RTHK Radio 4 in Hong Kong. Jeanette's music has been performed by choirs in Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, and France.

Jeanette recently returned to Canada and has worked at Havergal College in Toronto and at Red Deer College (RDC) in Alberta where she taught voice, history, aural skills, musical theatre, and conducted the RDC Chamber Choir.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

Teaching Experience in Higher Education

Full-time Music Lecturer, Red Deer College (2014
 2015)

Sessional Lecturer, University of Windsor (2012  2013) 
Sessional Lecturer, Vocal Physiology, University of Reading, UK (2007 – 2009) 
Senior Voice Lecturer, Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts (HKAPA) (1997 – 1999) 
Graduate Lecturer, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford (2005 – 2009)

Music Tutor, Merton College, University of Oxford (2005 – 2009) 
Music Tutor, Worcester College, University of Oxford (2007 – 2009) 

Music Tutor, University College, University of Oxford (2007 – 2009)

Private Voice Teacher

Voice Teacher, Havergal College, Toronto, Canada (2009
 2016)

Voice Teacher, Marymount Sr. Secondary, Hong Kong (1997 – 1998) 
Voice Teacher, Various Secondary Schools, Canada (1988 – 1995)  
Voice Teacher, Renaissance School of Music, Canada (1986 – 1988) 

Vocal Clinician

 

Vocal Clinician, Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, Vancouver, B.C. (2017)
Vocal Clinician, Norma Rose Point Choir, Vancouver, B.C.  (2017)
Vocal Clinician, Argyle Senior Secondary, North Vancouver, B.C.  (2016, 2017)
Vocal Clinician, Various Choral Societies, England (2004
 2009) 
Vocal Clinician, Ministry of Education, Singapore, Teacher Training & Community Choral Workshops (1998) 
Vocal Clinician, Good Hope Choral Camp, Hong Kong (1998) 
Vocal Clinician, Singapore American School, Singapore (1997) 
Vocal Clinician, Hong Kong Children's Choir, Hong Kong (1996 – 1998) 
Vocal Clinician, Numerous Community Choirs, British Columbia, Canada (1989 – 1995) 
Vocal Clinician, Numerous Schools, Churches & Arts Councils, BC, Canada (1988 – 1995) 
Vocal Clinician, B.C. Music Teacher’s Association, Pedagogy Workshop, Canada (1993) 

Conducting


“Yan zi” Recording Project, Hong Kong Children’s Choir and members of the Hong Kong Philharmonic (2017)

Red Deer College Chamber Choir, Canada (2014  2015)

Chorus Master, Haslemere Musical Society, England (2004 – 2008) 
Conductor, Union Church, Hong Kong (1997 – 1999) 
Conductor, Handel's "Messiah", Community Church, Central Plaza, Hong Kong (1998) 
Interim Conductor, Amabilis Singers, Canada (1995) 
Conductor, Richmond Singers, Canada (1989 – 1991) 
Conductor, Women's Swing Choir, Vancouver Community College, Canada (1988) 
Assistant Conductor for Jon Washburn, Willan Choir, Canada (1981 – 1983) 

Festival Adjudicator


Adjudicator, Kiwanis, Fraser Valley Festival (2017)
Adjudicator, Vancouver School Board District Intermediate Choral Festival (2017)
Adjudicator, Mya Domeij-Evenden Vocal Scholarship, Canada (2000 – 2004) 
Adjudicator, Hong Kong Music Festival, Hong Kong (1999) 
Adjudicator, Numerous vocal and choral festivals throughout B.C., Canada (1993 – 1995) 

Administration


Producer, A Touch of Class Concert, RDC Main Stage (2015)
Producer, Sounds of the Season Concert, RDC Main Stage (2014)

Administrator/Artistic Director, Whistler Classical Music Street Festival, Canada (1994 – 1996) 
Administrator, Wingswest Music (1993 – 1998) 

Teacher Development

Training in Vocal Massage Techniques, Dr. Aaron Low (2015)

Teacher Training, Red Deer College (2014)

Certificate in World Music Pedagogy, University of Washington, Patricia Shehan Campbell (2013)

Teaching Certificate in Online Education, University of Windsor (2013)

(NATS) National Association of Teachers of Singing (2010) 
(AOTOS) Association of Teachers of Singing Conferences (2005 – 2009) 
Tutor Training, Centre for Staff Development, University of Reading (2008) 
Tutor Induction Training, University of Reading (2007) 
Canford Summer School, Sibelius 3 Course with Paul Patterson (2006) 
Stage I Teacher Training, The Learning Institute, University of Oxford (2003) 
Richard Miller, Vocal Pedagogy Workshop, United States (1990) 
Alexander Technique, Marta Hunter, Canada (1988 – 1989) 
Opera Theatre Techniques, French Tickner (1985)

 

 

EDUCATION

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS

2014

Acadian Victimization and Empowerment: Music and Power in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century French Canada. Critical Discourse Studies Journal 11(3):1-20. DOI: 10.1080/17405904.2013.866589

2012

University of Oxford

D. Phil. in Music (specializing in ethnomusicology)

2011

The Governed Voice: Understanding Folksong as a Public Expression of Acadian Culture, Doctoral Dissertation, University of Oxford.

2009

The Changing Face of Acadian Folksong. Canadiana oenipotana, edited by Ursula Moser & Günter Bischof, 169-179. Canadian Studies Centre, University of Innsbruck.

1985

University of British Columbia

Bachelor of Music (Voice)

1983

Vancouver Community College

Diploma in Music (Voice)

2017

Ultramontane Piety and Catholic Sociability: The Prescription and Practice of Identity in Acadian Patrotic Song. Yale Journal of Music and Religion 3(1): 33-60. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17132/2377-231X.1047

Dr. Jeanette Gallant, Vancouver Voice Teacher

Come find your voice

© 2015 by Jeanette Gallant

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