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Jessica Clare Blenis
Discipline/Expertise: Music. I have graduated with my B.Mus degree at M.U.N on violin as a theory and composition major and I am a composer.
1887 Route 820, Upham NB, E5N 3G1 506 832-5965
Other electronic addresses: www.facebook.com/jess.blenis
Background and Training: I began violin at age 10 in the District 6 violin program, earned a B.Mus degree at the Memorial University of Newfoundland’s School of Music in 2010. Have taken private lessons on violin with Sarah Mills, Rachel Kidd, Paul Campbell, Ericka Low and Nancy Dahn. Have studied composition with Clark Ross, Kjellrun Hestekin, Scott Godin and Andrew Staniland.
Productions: I play violin as an orchestral violinist- I have played with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, the District 6 Senior Orchestra, Symphony New Brunswick and the Memorial University Chamber Orchestra. I write music for classical instruments on a regular basis, and take commissions.
Artist Statement: I play a great deal of different styles of music on the violin- everything from fiddle music to classical music, and have played backup for folk artists (ex. Played violin for “Catcher,” a band from St. John’s Newfoundland, and the CD will be released in May/June 2010) fiddle music while busking, I often play at weddings, teach young children violin and I compose for almost all instruments.
Areas of Focus: Playing gigs, playing in orchestras, teaching violin, composing music for ensembles.
Future: Having just graduated with a B. Mus from the Memorial Unversity of Newfoundland, I have been accepted into the Music Education as a Second Degree at Memorial as well. Once this is accomplished, I plan to do a Masters in Composition, though have not set my sights on any schools in particular yet. Ideally, I would love to teach private violin lessons, play in a symphony and compose music to support myself in the future.
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