Jeri Brown (Canada)
Associate Professor, Voice, Department of Music,Theatre & Contemporary Dance • Concordia University Faculty of Fine Arts (FoFA) – Montreal (Canada)
Soprano, Jeri Brown was born in St. Louis and studied, performed and taught in Ohio before settling in Canada in the late 80’s. A Justin Time Records and Jongleur Records recording artist, Brown’s commitment to the legacy of vocal jazz with performances and award-winning recordings fills the historical spectrum of classic American songbook themes, original jazz compositions, and contemporary world themes with intense vocal improvisations and includes collaborations with diverse, legendary jazz artists.
Brown’s stunning career of accomplishments includes reviewed Grammy-submitted and Canada’s JUNO-nominated albums in best jazz vocal and best jazz categories. Brown’s dedication to vocal jazz spans a host of albums, operas, ballets, musical productions and research papers presented worldwide.
Beyond the realm of music, Brown holds degrees in Journalism, Counseling, Education and English. Such diversity of subjects, along with a growing performance record, has led Brown into many different teaching and research opportunities at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Cleveland State University, University of Akron and University of Massachusetts. Brown has held several university teaching positions in Canada and currently serves as full-time professor of music at Concordia University.
Canadian awards include the Concordia Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of superior performance in teaching, Martin Luther King, Jr. Achievement Award, Who’s Who in Black Canada, and Vernissage of Black Muses award in recognition as a black female artist who has greatly impacted Canadian Arts.
In 1994 Brown founded Jongleur Vocal Arts Performance School with locations in Montreal and Halifax to produce and provide support through scholarship, mentorship and training.