Janet Thom Hammock

Janet Hammock
Region: Atlantic
Janet Thom Hammock

I Play: Piano


Janet Thom Hammock was born in Vancouver, BC. In 1942 and received her early piano instruction there with Glen Geary. Later significant piano teachers include Boris Roubakine, Jacques Abram and Donald Currier. Janet holds an Artist Diploma from the University of Toronto, and both Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University.

A university professor of music for 31 years, Janet was appointed Professor Emeritus of Music at Mount Allison University in 2003. For over 50 years, Janet's recitals of solo and collaborative piano music have been presented across Canada, in the United States, and in Europe, and have been broadcast by the CBC, Radio Canada, and KPFK in California. She consistently showcases new works written especially for her by Canadian composers including Ann Southam, Michael Miller, Alasdair Maclean, James G. Code, Beverly Lewis, Anthony Genge and Martin Kutnowski. In 2009 Janet was honoured as one of 50 Ambassadors of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Centre -- a lifetime distinguished achievement award.

Janet's performances over the past decade have included imaginative collaborative recitals of poetry and solo piano music with colleague Dr. Robert Lapp, presented in Maritime universities and high schools, at the Indian River Festival in PEI, at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, and in the USA. Most recently, in 2010 Janet and flautist Karin Aurell gave duo recitals featuring compositions by Martin Kutnowski at three universities in NB and at Christ Church Cathedral in Fredericton. In the fall of 2011, the Two Oceans Trio – Karen Aurell, flute, Joel Stobbe, cello, and Janet, piano – toured NB and NS giving concerts at Mount Allison University in Sackville NB; Université de Moncton; St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish NS; Music on the Hill Concert series at UNB in Fredericton NB; St. Thomas University in Fredericton NB; Celia's Retreats Concert Series in Mahone Bay, NS; and a Gallagher Home Concert in Sussex NB. These recitals featured Als ver mis horas de fiebre, a newly commissioned work for flute and piano duo by Martin Kutnowski, supported by a Canada Council Commissioning Grant, and a première performance of a new trio, Two Oceans, by Anthony Genge.

Over the past five years many of Janet's recitals and lectures have showcased the solo piano and chamber music of Argentinian-Canadian CMC composer Martin Kutnowski, in particular, those works which incorporate tango into their structure and soul. Her video recording of his spectacular “5 Tango Etudes for Solo Piano” is presently being edited in Argentina for release later in 2012.

A founding member of Strings & Keys, a summer music school for advanced piano and string players established in 1995 in Alberta, Janet continues to enjoy teaching and coaching musicians of all ages and levels. Her unique music appreciation courses offered each year at the Tantramar Seniors' College in Sackville draw large numbers of enthusiastic students over the age of 50. A certified Deep Listening Artist, she has taught this meditative listening practice at institutions and community centres throughout Atlantic Canada. Janet recently completed two terms as a member of the Atlantic Regional Council of the Canadian Music Centre. She is a member of the New Brunswick Registered Music Teachers' Association and the Sackville Music Teachers' Association, and is a frequent examiner for Mount Allison University Local Centres.

Janet lives in Sackville NB with her partner of 16 years, poet Marilyn Lerch, and their two cats Savanna and Pippin. She is the proud stepmother of Päivi Klausing and Demian Hammock. She and Marilyn love to travel and have spent many happy months together in Bali, Greece, France, Italy, Spain, as well as in the United States and Canada.

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