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Joseph Jennings (b. 1954)

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Mr. Jennings is considered one of the choral world's top music directors, clinicians and arrangers. Chanticleer ranks among the top-rated choral ensembles in the United States and has received some of the largest awards ever granted by the National Endowment for the Arts' choral panel. Under music director/countertenor Jennings' leadership, the elite men's group has performed over one thousand concerts to critical acclaim in the most prestigious festivals and concert halls throughout the United States, Europe and Asia including the Salzburg Festival, the International Josquin Symposium, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Holland Voices Festival, Jones Hall in Houston, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Chanticleer has also been featured in radio programs on WGBH (Boston), WNYC (New York) and Minnesota Public Radio.

A native of Augusta, Georgia, Jennings received degrees in music education and piano from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and a Master of Music in Conducting from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. Prior to joining Chanticleer in 1983, Jennings taught for four years at College of the Siskiyous in Weed, California, as Instructor in Voice, Choir, Piano, Vocal Jazz, Musical Theatre, and Rhythm and Movement for Children. Jennings has performed as lead singer/pianist with jazz ensembles, and been music director and pianist for churches, theater, children's theater and opera productions since his teens. Joseph Jennings holds the honor of being listed as a distinguished alumnus of Colorado State University, Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

Jennings is in much demand as a clinician and leads clinic demonstrations and workshops for the American Choral Directors' Association and the Music Teachers' Association regional conferences throughout the country, and directs Chanticleer's Singing in the Schools program which works with students throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Jennings also has led Chanticleer in week-long residencies for Young Audiences of Kansas City and the Tahoe Arts Project in both California and Nevada.

Jennings conducted Chanticleer's Tenth Anniversary Album, Where the Sun Will Never Go Down, a collection of traditional spirituals and gospel music; Our Heart's Joy (A Chanticleer Christmas); recordings of works by 16th century Franco-Flemish composers Antoine Brumel (Missa Berzerette savoyenne); Josquin des Pres (Missa Mater Patris); Alexander Agricola (Magnificat and motets); a collection of New American choral music, With a Poet's Eye; Christobal de Morales (Missa Mille regretz and Motets); Mexican Baroque - music of Ignacio de Jerusalem and Manuel de Zumaya; I Have Had Singing; A Chanticleer Portrait from Thomas Tallis to Bill Evans; Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (Missa pro defunctis and Motets); Mysteria (Gregorian Chants); and has premiered major commissioned works for the ensemble from many of America's foremost composers. An original composition, An Old Black Woman, Homeless and Indistinct (Gwendolyn Brooks), commissioned by Philip Brunelle's Plymouth Music Series of Minnesota, was given its world premiere in February of 1995. A prolific arranger of pops music, gospel and spirituals, Jennings' work is available in a new series of Chanticleer arrangements published by Hinshaw Music.

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