Jennie Such holds a BMus (Honours in Vocal Performance) from the University of Western Ontario, and a Postgraduate Diploma from The Royal College of Music. As a
young professional she has studied at The Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies (England), the Banff School for the Arts (Canada) and the Schubert Institut (Austria). She has also studied privately with renowned pianist Rudolph Janzen as a
duo with pianist Amanda Johnston in Amsterdam. Jennie has worked with Elly Ameling, Edith Wiens, Philip Langridge, and Dianne Forlano in masterclasses. Further training was gained as a member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble, and the Vancouver Opera Touring Ensemble. As an emerging artist, Jennie was chosen by Vancouver Opera to work with renowned opera coach Craig Rutenberg in his workshop series sponsored by the company.
Operatic highlights include the roles of Janine/Ofwarren in the Canadian premiere of the Handmaid's Tale and First Niece in Peter Grimes at the Canadian Opera Company, Johanna in Calgary Opera's production of Sweeney Todd, Yum Yum in the Mikado with Edmonton Opera, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Opera Atelier. Other principal roles have included Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera Ontario, Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew with Pacific Opera Victoria, Gianetta in L'Elisir d'Amore with Vancouver Opera and Seleuce in Handel's Tolomeo with Broomhill Opera in the U.K.
On the concert stage Jennie made her debut with the Vancouver Symphony and the Vancouver Chamber Choir in Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem under the baton of Jon Washburn, for which the Globe and Mail wrote: "Such sang "Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit" with melting beauty of tone, her silvery instrument powerfully and movingly conveying the aria's warmth and sublime tenderness." Engagements as an oratorio soloist soon followed. Jennie has performed throughout Canada with organizations such as the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Elmer Iseler Singers, Chorus Niagara, the Victoria Symphony, the Kingston Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Aradia Ensemble. In Germany she sang the first European performance and broadcast of Mozart’s adaptation of Handel’s Judas Maccabeus at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and at the Handel Festival in Halle.
Jennie was the soprano soloist in Micheal Torke's score for the National Ballet of Canada's production of "The Contract" and reprised her role with the National Ballet Orchestra in New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
A frequent soloist with Opera Atelier, Jennie has toured with the company to Seoul, Korea with productions of Dido and Aeneas/Acteon (Belinda/Diana) and Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira), and has sung a wide variety of baroque opera roles ranging from Persephone in Monteverdi’s Orfeo to Sidonie in Lully’s Armide; First Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, to Amor in Gluck’s Orfeo.
Jennie enjoyed using her skills as a classical singer in the role of Sister Sophia in the Mirvish production of The Sound of Music - her first experience on the stage of a big budget “commercial musical”.
Ms. Such's discography includes "Earth Chants" where she is featured as the soprano soloist in Imant Raminsh's Missa Brevis in C Minor with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and the CBC Radio Orchestra for CBC Records. In addition, she is the soprano soloist on the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra's recording of "The Contract”, and has recorded Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Aradia Ensemble for Naxos.
Jennie is a sought after private voice teacher and teaches a wide range of ages from youth to adults in her studio. She was recently hired as the vocal coach for the
Mirvish production of Billy Elliot in Toronto where she coached the young performers
in the roles of "Billy" and "Micheal" as well as adult actors in the roles of "Dad" and "Tony".
Jennie regularly adjudicates voice at Kiwanis and Rotary Festivals. She is experienced in Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Voice as well as in Choral
Jennie has adjudicated choirs and small ensembles in Gander, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, National Capitol Region and Peterborough Kiwanis Festivals. She has also
given choral workshops with the East York Choir and the Victoria College Choir in
Toronto, where she has employed soloist techniques of vocal support, diction and projection to choral singers, developing a wider "sound palate" of colours.
Jennie is a Lecturer in Applied Voice at the University of Western Ontario where
she teaches students ranging from first year to Masters level.
Jennie Such is a recipient of grants from the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council.