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Jean Anderson: Biography

Jean Anderson
1939 -
Region: Ontario

Jean Anderson

JEAN ANDERSON (B. Mus., L.R.A.M.) was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England in 1939. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Nottingham in 1960 and a Diploma of Education from the University of Leeds the following year. After teaching high school in England for three years she moved to Minnesota, where she taught in a private girls' school and in a public elementary school as a specialist music teacher. In 1969, she received her master's degree in composition from the Eastman School of Music and came to Canada to teach at the University of Western Ontario (1969-97). Her compositions, which include orchestral, choral and chamber works, have been performed both in North America and abroad. Her music often reflects her English background. The earlier pieces are atonal in style and the later ones are tonal or have tonal centres. She is interested in writing accessible music for wide audiences. She writes mostly chamber music, instrumental & vocal and also choral music, both sacred and secular.

CAPAC, Canadian League of Composers

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