Development of Choral Sound Diction Style
Unification of Vowels Ensemble Development
Preparation and Presentation of Services/Evensong
Wilma Jensen led the October program of the Nashville AGO on Monday, October 6th, 2014, in which she shared some of her favorite choral anthems with over 70 of her Nashville colleagues. These compositions come from a list that she calls her "AAA Choral Repertoire: Accessible, Attractive, and Appealing" anthems that she has found to be accessible for the average church choir, and that were sight-readable for the talented musicians in the Nashville AGO Chapter. The music was provided by Lois Fyfe Music (www.loisfyfemusic.com), and Elizabeth Smith of Lois Fyfe Music was the fabulous accompanist who helped facilitate the reading session. They were also fortunate enough to have the addition of skilled flute, oboe, and handbell performers, allowing them to read through the music as intended by the composers.
Wilma Jensen is one of the finest choral clinicians one can hire for a
church choir workshop. She did multiple workshops over one weekend with my
semi-professional adult choir of 65 choristers and with 16 upper-school boy
and girl trebles! Her work with diction, particularly the English and Latin
languages, is objective and specific and gives the choristers tools to
improve intonation and resonant, unified vowel formation. Being a superb
music educator, her approach is reasoned, thoughtful and non-threatening.
Ms. Jensen¹s rehearsal style is energetic and her enthusiasm for the music
is infectious. In fact, my choristers are still quoting her! Her knowledge
of serious sacred repertoire is vast and her ability to discuss and mold
music of all periods is remarkable. Finally, the work Ms. Jensen does with
organists who accompany choirs in anthems and hymnody is first class and has
improved our ensemble. I highly recommend Ms. Jensen to those who work with
professional, semi-professional, and/or amateur choirs!
Dr. Brady Knapp
Director of Music at University of St. Thomas, Houston
Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, Houston
Leading St. George's Choir at ACDA National Convention
Wilma Jensen is the epitome of a complete musician. Her senses of pitch,
rhythm, and that elusive inner pulse of the phrase are virtually unmatched.
Her legendary ability at the organ is uniquely complemented by her expertise
as a choirmaster. The fact that she is a master teacher in both, renders
her even more inspirational! I am a better musician because of WIlma
Dr. Sandra Willetts
Former Professor of Choral Activities
The University of Alabama
Rehearsing for European tour