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F. Jane Naylor: Biography

F. Jane Naylor
1941 -
Region: Atlantic

F. Jane Naylor

F. Jane Naylor (née Lodge) holds a BA (McMaster); Teacher’s ARCT (RCM 1980); and BMus (UPEI 1983). Born in 1941, she grew up in Dundas, Ontario and studied piano and theory as a teenager. After living/working in other provinces and Europe (including being inspired by Radio3 Classical in England), she resumed music studies as a part-time student at UPEI while juggling a full-time job, family life and part-time teaching. Her professors there included Dr. Frances Gray for Piano and Theory, and Carl Mathis for Composition. She continued to learn on her own through analyzing, teaching and composing, as well as requesting feedback on her work from several Canadian composers, especially helpful being the late Srul Irving Glick.

Jane’s style is accessible, has melody and often incorporates whole tone patterns, augmented fourths and ethnic influences. Her repertoire includes pieces for solo voice, SATB chorus, women’s chorus, and various chamber groups. Her first piece for orchestra, at age 70, was requested and performed by the PEI Symphony Orchestra; 700 people gave it a standing ovation and Jane was nominated for a MusicPEI Award. Works have been commissioned and broadcast by CBC; commissioned by eklektikos with funding from SOCAN, and grants have been received from the PEI Council of the Arts. Pine Grove Music publishes her trombone works.

Jane has been a Sessional Lecturer in the UPEI Department of Music, and continues to teach piano and theory privately. She is a member of PEIRMTA, CFMTA, SOCAN and an Associate Composer of CMC.