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Janet Brenneman

Associate Professor of Music

Janet Brenneman





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In addition to conducting CMU Singers, Chamber Choir and Women's Chorus, Janet teaches courses in music education at CMU. Janet holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Music Education from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in Music Education from Michigan State University. Her research interests include gender issues in conducting, music education philosophy, and the boys' changing voice.

Born and raised in Wellesley, Ontario Janet now calls Winnipeg home since 2000. She shares her gifts with the community by conducting for Pembina Trails Voices, at Bethel Mennonite Church, and as the newly appointed Artistic Director of Renaissance Voices, an auditioned chamber choir in Winnipeg. She is also Co-Conductor of the Mennonite Festival Chorus. The wisdoms and knowledge of her conducting teachers Doreen Rao, Elmer Iseler, and Charles Smith continue to inspire Janet. She is a former conductor of the Woodstock Fanshawe Singers, and the Mennonite Centre Children's Choir in Toronto. Frequently in demand as a choral clinician and adjudicator, Janet taught at the Choral Music Experience Institute with Doreen Rao and the Toronto Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling.

Janet and her husband John Balsillie enjoy a busy family life with their daughters, Lydia and Naomi. When not on the podium or in the classroom, Janet can be found eagerly cheering on her athletes at the soccer pitch or the swimming pool.

Areas of Teaching

choral performance; music education


PhD, Michigan State University, 2007; MMus, University of Toronto, 1995; BMus, University of Toronto, 1993

Work in Detail


2012 On the Podium: Exploring the Gendered Self-Identity of Women Conductors. In O'Neill, S. A. (Ed.). Personhood and music learning: Connecting disciplines and narratives, Biennial Book Series Research to Practice: Vol. 5. Waterloo, ON: Canadian Music Educators' Association.

2012 MMEA Philosophy Statement. Manitoba Music Educators Association: Winnipeg, MB


2008    Conductor, Twilight Live, Collaborative recording of Pembina Trails Voices, Winnipeg, MB

2007    Conductor and Artistic Director, "hope, faith, life, love...", Collaborative recording of CMU Choral Ensembles, Winnipeg, MB

2004    Conductor, On Earth as in Heaven, Collaborative recording of CMU Choral Ensembles, Winnipeg, MB

2004    Conductor, Passages, Collaborative recording of Pembina Trails Voices, Winnipeg, MB

1998    Assistant Conductor, A Boy Was Born, Collaborative recording of Toronto Children's Chorus, Elmer Iseler Singers, and MacMillan Singers, Toronto, ON

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