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Jana Skarecky

Jana Skarecky was born in Prague, in the Czech Republic, on November 11, 1957. She emigrated to Canada with her family in 1968.

In 1980 she received a Bachelor of Music degree in Honours Composition from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, where her primary composition teacher was Barrie Cabena. She also studied piano with Erhard Schlenker and French horn with Felix Acevedo. She is an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, in piano performance. In 1987 she received a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Sydney, Australia, where she studied with Peter Sculthorpe.

Ms. Skarecky's compositions cover a wide spectrum of instrumental and vocal resources. Her music has been influenced by Gregorian chant, the English modal tradition, and Czech folksong. It is often polymodal, and has an expressive lyricism.

Her music has been performed in Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Her orchestral work Streams opened Hammerson Hall of the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga in 1997. Green and Gold for soprano and piano (settings of poetry by P.K. Page) was commissioned for the Wider Boundaries of Daring poetry conference (Windsor, 2001), and the choral work Song of Life was commissioned for Then, Now, & Beyond... a Festival of Music by Women (Ottawa , 2002).

In addition to Ms. Skarecky's work as a composer, she is active as an artist (painting with acrylics and watercolours). She teaches piano and theory at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. She has also taught in Waldorf schools and is experienced in the Waldorf approach to education. She has sung with the Contemporary Singers in Sydney (Australia) and currently sings with the St. Mary Magdalene's Gallery Choir in Toronto. She is the translator of The Foundations of Modern Harmony by Karel Janecek from Czech into English.

Jana Skarecky was Chair of the Association of Canadian Women Composers from 1995 to 1997, and served for five years as a member of the National Council of the Canadian League of Composers.


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