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Jana Skarecky: Biography

Jana Skarecky
1957 -
Region: Ontario

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.

She holds a Bachelor of Music degree (Honours Composition) from Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario), where she studied composition with Barrie Cabena, and a Master of Music in composition from the University of Sydney, Australia, where she studied with Peter Sculthorpe. She has an ARCT in piano performance, having studied piano with Erhard Schlenker.

Ms. Skarecky's compositions cover a wide spectrum of instrumental and vocal resources, and have been performed in Canada, USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. Her orchestral work Streams opened Hammerson Hall of the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. Green and Gold for soprano and piano (text by P.K. Page) was commissioned for the Wider Boundaries of Daring poetry conference (Windsor) and the choral work Song of Life was commissioned for Then, Now, & Beyond... a Festival of Music by Women (Ottawa). Her opera Emily, the Way You Are continues to be enthusiastically received by audiences.

Jana Skarecky has been Chair of the Association of Canadian Women Composers, and a member of the National Council of the Canadian League of Composers. She is also active as a visual artist. She teaches piano and theory at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and in Mississauga and Hamilton. She is the translator of The Foundations of Modern Harmony by Karel Janeček from Czech into English.


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