Joni Jensen, DMA
Professor of Voice, Director of Choral Activities, Interim Coordinator of Vocal Studies
Academic Areas: Choirs, Voice, Conducting
DMA in Choral Conducting, Minor in Vocal Performance, University of Arizona
MM in Choral Conducting, Brigham Young University
BM in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, Minor in Psychology, Brigham Young University, Summa Cum Laude
Joni Jensen, DMA, is the Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Voice at Texas Woman’s University (Denton, TX). She conducts two TWU choirs and teaches voice, conducting and vocal pedagogy.
Jensen received her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and pedagogy, as well as her master’s degree in choral conducting from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. She received her DMA in choral conducting, minor in vocal performance, at the University of Arizona. Jensen studied under renowned conductors and arrangers Dr. Mack Wilberg, Dr. Ronald Staheli and Dr. Bruce Chamberlain. During her doctoral work, she was a semi-finalist in the American Choral Directors Association national graduate conducting competition in Los Angeles, February 2005.
Jensen has conducted numerous festival and community choirs and serves as a choral clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States. Under her direction, the TWU Concert Choir (women’s chorus) recently performed at the 2012 SWACDA conference in Dallas, TX. Active as a composer/arranger, she has several pieces published with Walton Music including “El Vito,” which was a Texas all-state piece in 2014.
Jensen also is the Associate Musical Director of the Dallas Millennial Choirs and Orchestras (MCO). MCO is a multi-location community organization, the largest of its kind in the world, and promotes the highest quality of sacred music for all ages and all faiths. She conducts six choirs ranging from children to adults as well as the orchestra. They recently released their album “Amazing Grace” in October 2016, which peaked at third on the Classical Album Billboard Chart.
Aside from her performing and teaching activities, Jensen has research interests in vocal pedagogy in the choral setting, choral conducting technique, women’s chorus literature, choral arranging, and the choral music of Vaughan Williams, Britten and Bach.