Dr. Karen Jensen

“There is the Music of Heaven in all things, and we have forgotten how to hear it until we sing.” – Hildegard von Bingen

Dr. Karen Jensen is Professor of Voice and Grad Chair in the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba.

She has performed in major concert halls of London, Rome, Turin, Amsterdam, Brussels, Finland, Netherlands, Germany, France, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. She was a founding member of the vocal avant-garde electronic group Electric Phoenix. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Jensen teaches vocal pedagogy at the University of Manitoba and has created software for the study of singer’s diction. As vocal judge and examiner she serves in Europe and across Canada.

  • Ph.D. from the University of London (U.K)
  • Bachelor of Music from the University of Saskatchewan
  • Recital Diploma and the and Teaching Licentiate from the Royal Academy of Music in London, England.
Career Highlights
  • Founding member of Electric Phoenix, UK avant-garde solo vocal quartet commissioning new works for electronic music and voice from composers such as Henri Pousseur, Peter Maxwell Davies, Roger Marsh, performing world premieres in major venues and festivals in Europe, the UK and North America, including the Warsaw Autumn Festival, Aldburgh Festival, Royal Albert Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall
  • Soloist with chamber groups such as Red Byrd, directed by John Potter, and Lontano, conducted by Odaline Martinez, including performances in Finland and across Canada
  • Soloist in Turin and Rome, Laborintus II by Luciano Berio with the Rome Philharmonic with a repeat performance with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Premiere, “The Cycle of Spring, by Glenn Buhr, with the Kitchener-Waterloo Orchestra, Centre in the Square
  • Served as Associate Dean, Faculty of Music, Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Studied with Cathy Berberian, Robert Spencer, Marjorie Thomas, Jessica Cash, Dorothy Howard
  • Performed with Linda Hirst, John Potter, Catherine Bott, and Andrew Parrott
  • Worked with Luciano Berio, Henri Pousseur, Clive Waring, John Gardener, and John Alldis
  • Composer, songs based on exploration of ancient sacred spaces in the Mediterranean
Awards and Recognition
  • International Award for Innovation in Teaching and Technology for her multimedia CD-ROM diction text: A Singer’s Guide to the IPA
  • Merit Award in Teaching, University of Manitoba
Ongoing Research & Creative Activity

Karen's current creative work involves composition based on improvisation on ancient sacred spaces in the Mediterranean.

  • University of Manitoba Press
  • Board Member Service on multiple university-wide and Senate committees
  • Service in the local and international community as vocal adjudicator, examiner and clinician
In the Faculty  Professor (Voice, Vocal Pedagogy); Grad Chair

On sabbatical July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011

B.Mus., L.Mus. (Saskatchewan)
Recital Dip. (Royal Academy of Music)
L.R.A.M., Ph.D. (London)

Karen Jensen


Room T205
Desautels Faculty of Music
University of Manitoba
136 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Phone: 204.474-9536

Personal Website: karenjensen.ca


CD: Trinkets of Little Value by Canadian Composer Peter Hannan. Soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra; conducted by Bramwell Tovey

Listen to the Artist

Hannan Music (scroll down to "Trinkets of Little Value" clips)

Articles of Interest

"Teaching the ESL Singer"; May/June 2003 Journal of Singing, published by the National Association of Teachers of Singing