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Jean Ethridge: Biography

Jean Ethridge
1943 -
Region: British Columbia

Jean Ethridge

A native of Rossland, B.C., Jean Ethridge (1943- ) began her formal study of music as a piano student of Helen Dahlstrom. After completing her ARCT diplomas in performing and teaching in 1962, she studied piano with Boris Roubakine and composition with Jean Coulthard at the University of British Columbia, graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition in 1967. In 1967-68 she studied composition with Bernard Stevens, and piano with Denis Matthews and Eric Harrison at the Royal College of Music, London, England. The summers of 1978 and 1979, she was a participant in the Composers' Workshop at the Banff Centre. From 1970 until 1992, she lived and worked in Victoria, B.C. Presently she is a resident of Salmon Arm, B.C. Jean Ethridge has written for opera, chamber groups, orchestra, voice, women’s chorus, and keyboard. Her works have been performed in many countries, and have been broadcast by the C.B.C. She has written a full length opera, “The Ballad of Isabel Gunn” to a libretto by Stephen Scobie, which is based on a true event from the Hudson Bay Archives, about an Orkney lass who dresses as a man to work in the fur trade in Canada in the early 1800’s. A demo CD of five selections from the opera was recorded in 2007 with members of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pierre Simard, and Alexandra Babbel, soprano. The musical idiom is accessible, with beautiful melodies, rhythmic vitality, and some folk song-like material.

February, 2017


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