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Jenny Sawer - Résumé

Image: Jenny with her Adult Learners' Week 06 award

Educational Background

Bachelor of Music (Musicology with First class Honours)

Complementary study: Classical singing, tutored by Angela Giblin and Susan Ellis

Canberra School of Music, Australian National University

ACT Year 12 Certificate, Narrabundah College

Career Overview

July 2019
         Singing Teacher, Young Music Society Winter School 
April 2019 - Present
         Guest Conductor with the Canberra Gay and Lesbian QWIRE
2018 - Present
         Vocalist in Fleetwood Mac tribute band Sweet Little Lies
July 2017 - Present
         Singing Teacher, Private Studio
February 2016 - Present
          Assistant Conductor for The Cyrenes
          St Ninian's Church, Lyneham
April 2015 - Present
          Assistant Conductor for Mr Tim's community choirs
          Ainslie Arts Centre
February 2015 - October 2016
        Singing Teacher, Private Studio
        Canberra Vocal Development, Macquarie
October 2009 - December 2014
Singing Teacher, Private Studio at Pirana Music
June 2008 - 2015
Lead vocalist/guitarist/pianist/songwriter in original band Freyja's Rain 
February 2008 - present
Singing Teacher, Canberra Girls Grammar School
April 2004 - present
Lead vocalist/guitarist/pianist in blues/pop/roots duo Jen & Jim
 July 1998 - Present
Vocalist, self-employed - choral performances, weddings, funerals and other functions
January 2015
Junior Teacher, Young Music Society Summer School 2015
January 2014
Senior Teacher, Young Music Society Summer School 2014
January 2013
Junior Teacher, Young Music Society Summer School 2013
January 2012
Junior Teacher, Young Music Society Summer School 2012
February 2009 - December 2012
Lead vocalist in covers band The Dead Sea Rollers
February 2007 - September 2009
Singing Teacher, Home studio, Kaleen

August 2002 - December 2006
Singing Teacher, Canberra Music Tuition, Belconnen

March 2005 - October 2008
Vocal Soloist, Christian Science Church, Barton

September 2005 - December 2011
Soprano with vocal quartet Faux pas harmonie

September 2005 - December 2012
Occasional performer with A Bunch of Posers, Acting/Singing performing group

February 2006 - February 2008
Staff member of Rocking Horse Music, Early Childhood Music Education program

July 2004 - December 2007
Musical Director, Out of the shower and on with the show choir, Tuggeranong Community Arts Centre

January 2006 - July 2007
Musical Director, Lush Life, jazz/pop vocal group

July 2006 - December 2006
Musical Director, Retro Rebels community choir

April 2005 - July 2006
Assistant Musical Director, Canberra Union Voices

September 2004 - December 2005
Musical Director, Andante Andante, ABBA tribute choir

March 2004
Assistant to the Program Manager, National Folk Festival 2004

February 1996 - December 1999
Member of young women's a capella choir Cantare

Choral/Opera Roles

October 2019
         Soprano soloist in Brubeck's To Hope! A Celebration
         with The Llewellyn Choir
June 2019
         Soprano soloist with a Chorus of Women's The People's Passion
         Australian Centre for Culture and Christianity
November 2018
         Soprano soloist with a Chorus of Women's The People's Passion
         Australian Centre for Culture and Christianity
November 2014
         Soprano soloist with a Chorus of Women's Passion for Peace
         Australian Centre for Culture and Christianity
December 2013
         Soprano soloist in a Chorus of Women's I am Ethos
         The High Court, Canberra
December 2013
         Soprano soloist in Judith Clingan's So Good a Thing Celebration
         Albert Hall, Canberra
April 2011
Soprano soloist with Igitur Nos' performance of Vaughan Williams' Mass in G minor

September 2010
Fury 1 (Soprano soloist) with a Chorus of Women's Gifts of the Furies as part of the exhibition Beyond Resonable Drought at The Museum of Australian Democracy

March 2009
Fury 1 (Soprano soloist) with A Chorus of Women's "The Gifts of the Furies"

December 2008
Soloist in CAMRA's performance of Britten's Ceremony of Carols

October 2007 and October 2008
Belshazzer's Queen in the Wayfarers' production of the Play of Daniel

September 2006
Soprano soloist in Fiona Fraser's Prayer for Peace

September 2005 and June 2008
Humility, Queen of the Virtues in CAMRA's production of Hildegard von Bingen's Ordo Virtutum

December 2004
Soprano soloist, St Paul's choir performance of Stanford's Magnificat in D

October 2004
Mezzo-soprano soloist, ANU Choral Society's performance of Dvorák's Mass in D and Howell's Requiem

June 2004
Second soprano soloist, ANU Choral Society's performance of Vivaldi's Gloria

July 2003
Second soprano soloist, Canberra Intervarsity Choral Festival's performance of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610

October 2002
Aphrodite and Queen Victoria in Judith Clingan's The Grandfather Clock

August 2002
Chorus member, George Limb Opera Company's The Merry Widow

May 2002
Soprano soloist, ANU Choral Society's performance of Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle

Volunteer Work

December 2002 - August 2004
Performer Reception Coordinator, National Folk Festival, Canberra

November 2000 - August 2003
Social Secretary, 54th Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival, Canberra

February - December 2000
Assistant to the Music Therapist, Jindalee Nursing Home

Musical Skills

  • Singing teacher
  • Vocal performance - mezzo-soprano (jazz/pop/blues/classical/folk/rock)
  • Musicological research and theory (specialising in ethnomusicology)
  • Conducting
  • Cellist, guitarist and pianist
  • Composer and arranger of music


September 2008
Writer, Full Member, Australasian Performing Rights Association limited (APRA)

November 2007
Kodály Teacher Training Certificate, Primary Music Education, Level 1

September 2006
Adult Learners' Week ACT 2006 Award for Outstanding Teacher

March 2004 - December 2004
Vocal Scholarship holder, Wesley Uniting Church choir, Forrest

February 2001 - December 2003
Vocal Scholarship holder, St Paul's Anglican Church choir, Manuka

September 2002
First place - Vocal Open Championship, Wagga Wagga Eisteddfod


Outrageous (Independent record release)
Freyja's Rain, September 2013
All songs composed by Jenny Sawer
Recorded and mixed by Ian Blake
Mastered by Kimmo Venonnen
Available on iTunes


References are available on request.

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