Workshop – Musical Freedom in Various Periods of History
7/8/2020 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM
Dr. Wilma Jensen, National AGO Distinguished Artist of 2016 and Choirmaster/Organist Emerita of St. George’s Episcopal Church, Nashville, TN, has enjoyed a long professional career in church music, teaching, and performance. Her education includes bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Organ Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.
In 2014, in recognition of her teaching at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, and her outstanding contributions to the world of organ performance, the Wilma Jensen Organ Scholarship program was established for students studying there. In addition, for twenty years she was Choirmaster/Organist for St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, TN. While conducting at St. George’s, the Choir was invited to perform at the 1989 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Convention. She most recently was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Tennessee ACDA.
Once concentrating on choral and organ performances, Wilma’s recent engagements include workshops and seminars, along with recitals performed with both vocal soloists and instrumentalists. Her creative yet practical workshops have been met with enthusiastic response and deemed “pedagogically timeless.” One highlight from her 2019 performances was Conni Ellisor’s Blackberry Winter, a Dulcimer Concerto Wilma transcribed for Organ and performed with Stephen Seifert, nationally recognized Dulcimer player.
Wilma’s recordings, including Organ Plus with WJ (2017), may be found at ProOrgano.com, and her popular arrangement of Gabriel’s Oboe is available at Lois Fyfe Music (loisfyfemusic.com). Her website contains more details about her current activities (wilmajensen.com).