Dr. Joni Jensen
Dr. Joni Jensen is now in her 3rd season as Associate Musical Director for Millennial™ Choirs & Orchestras. While her MCO conducting responsibilities are focused mainly in Dallas, she often travels to the other MCO locales to conduct rehearsals and performances. She served as a conductor for MCO’s most recent album, Amazing Grace: Songs of Atonement, including the world premiere recording of her original composition, “Come After Me.”
Dr. Jensen is the Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Voice at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in Denton, Texas where she conducts two TWU choirs and teaches voice, conducting, vocal pedagogy, and diction. She received her doctorate degree in choral conducting, with a minor in vocal performance, at the University of Arizona, as well as a master’s degree in choral conducting and a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and pedagogy from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. Dr. Jensen studied under renowned conductors and arrangers Dr. Mack Wilberg, Dr. Ronald Staheli, and Dr. Bruce Chamberlain. During her doctoral work she was a semi-finalist in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) national graduate conducting competition in Los Angeles, February 2005.
Dr. Jensen has conducted numerous festival and community choirs and serves as a choral clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States. Under her direction, the TWU Concert Choir (women’s chorus) recently performed at the 2012 SWACDA conference in Dallas, Texas. Students in her voice studio also consistently achieve success in competitions and leading roles in stage productions. Active as a composer/arranger, she has several pieces published with Walton Music, including “El Vito,” which was a Texas all-state choir selection in 2014.
Singing in a solo capacity has also been a large part of Dr. Jensen’s career. She has performed in both operatic and concert events and has particular expertise in Baroque music and performance practice. Aside from her performing and teaching activities, Dr. Jensen has research interests in vocal pedagogy in the choral setting, choral conducting technique, women’s chorus literature, choral arranging, and the choral music of Vaughan Williams, Britten, and Bach.
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