Meet the Chorale Director

Colleen Jennings

Colleen Jennings, DMA

Chorale Director and Conductor

Colleen Jennings recently completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The University of Iowa and is pleased to join the Fine Arts faculty at University of Guam. Previously, Colleen taught at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand.

She has sung for King Bhumibol Adulyadej in a command performance featuring his compositions.

She appeared on with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra in performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Mahler’s 4th Symphony. Colleen sang in Myanmar on a US Embassy sponsored concert tour. She sang for the heads of state of the nations of Asia and Oceania at the ASEAN Summit in Hua Hin, Thailand. She sang Donna Anna in Don Giovanni under the direction of Georges Delnon in Milan, Italy.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej in a command performance featuring his compositions. She appeared on with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra in performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Mahler’s 4th Symphony. Colleen sang in Myanmar on a US Embassy sponsored concert tour. She sang for the heads of state of the nations of Asia and Oceania at the ASEAN Summit in Hua Hin, Thailand. She sang Donna Anna in Don Giovanni under the direction of Georges Delnon in Milan, Italy.

Colleen appeared as First Lady in the University of Iowa’s workshop production of Die Zauberflöte and she appeared as Mimì in The University of Iowa School of Music’s 100th Anniversary production of La Bohème. Colleen appeared with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre as Young Artist in productions of L’elisir d’amore, Madama Butterfly and Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, where she also served as the understudy for the title role.

A two-time winner of the University of Iowa’s Concerto/Aria Competition, she appeared with the UIowa Chamber Orchestra singing arias from Dvořàk’s Rusalka and Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah; and La bohème and Le nozze di Figaro. Colleen appeared with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra of Jackson, Michigan singing Italian arias and duets. Colleen has appeared as soprano soloist in Westminster Fine Arts series productions of Poulenc’s Gloria, PDQ Bach’s The Seasonings, Orff’s Carmina burana and the American premiere of John Tavener’s Fall and Resurrection, She has also sung the soprano solos in Haydn’s Nelsonmesse· and Rossini’s Petite messe solenelle. Colleen appeared in Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna as Susanna with the Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theatre at The University of Iowa. She was a semi-finalist in the Classical Singer Competition in New York City. Colleen received· the Colette Divine Silver “Tour de Force” Award at the Vera Scammon SOS International Vocal Competition. She made her European debut with· La Musica Lirica performing Puccini’s Suor Angelica regionally in Les Marches and Tuscany.

Colleen was a Claudette Sorel Award Winner in the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition. She was a finalist in the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee soloist competition. Colleen also received the· Crystal Award from the Vera Scammon SOS Competition in Denver, Colorado. She has received scholarships and grants from the Cantorum Foundation of Omaha, Nebraska, the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation and the Recording Artists Music Performance Trust Funds. Colleen has appeared with the Utah Festival Opera in its productions of Naughty Marietta, South Pacific and Susannah. Colleen received a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Drake University and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of St. Catherine.