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As a pianist and harpsichordist Janet is a regular performer on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, in particular with Pacific Chamber Players (www.pacificchamberplayers.com). She is also in demand as an accompanist and teacher of piano and woodwind. Her most recent achievements include a Master of Music Studies (2004) and a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Research (2007), Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. In 2021 she was made Life Member of the Music Teachers Association, Queensland.
As Artistic Director for Pacific Chamber Players she has seen the ensemble grow to become a recognised ensemble on the Sunshine Coast providing a series of four concerts per year and becoming invited guests of the 4MBS Festival of Classics since 2015. They are now in their 20th year. April 2016 saw Janet accept the position of official accompanist for Noosa Chorale (www.noosachorale.org.au), an active choir under director Adrian King. This choir provides a variety of concert programmes from Renaissance to jazz throughout the year. In 2020 Janet accepted the position as pianist for Fragments Ensemble and in 2021 keyboardist for “The Spirit of Leonard Cohen” Show. Both ensembles have been highly successful, playing to sold out shows and standing ovations.
Playing harpsichord has been a secret passion of Janet’s and led to her studying under Huguette Brassine while completing her Masters degrees at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. She completed further study in Trondheim and Cambridge under Professors Ketil Haugsand and Peter Holman respectively in 2013. Janet has performed with Alchemy, a period-instrument ensemble focused on Historically Informed Practice, the Queensland Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata of St John’s and Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra. In January 2014 she was invited to perform with Judit Molnar (soprano), Margaret Caley (Baroque violin) and Dan Curro (Baroque cello) as part of the Music by the Sea Festival held at Sandgate, Brisbane. This ensemble has since become Arioso Chamber Ensemble and regular performs throughout SE Queensland and NSW. January 2021 saw the ensemble produce their first CD “Pearls”. In 2018 Janet had the pleasure of performing once again with Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, an association that has continued into 2021.
Awards and Grants
For her services to music on the Sunshine Coast Janet was honoured with being nominated for an Australia Day Award 2014 and in 2016 she received a Regional Arts Development Fund Grant as a member of Pacific Chamber Players Aeolian Trio to record the works of composer Johann Philipp Krieger. In 2018 Janet was awarded a scholarship to complete studies in Body Mapping with “Bodyminded: Sydney Alexander Technique”. This has enabled her to enhance not only her own personal performance outcomes but also those of her students.