Workshop Participants: Front row, from left: Richard Nicholas, Josh Ring, Bill Twohig, Matthew Doran, Matthew Wahl, Peter Wykert, and Jacob Palmer. Back row, from left: Sharon Fisher, Michael Surratt, Jim Brown, Daniel Mattix, Betsy Waldon, Wilma Jensen, Diana Myhre, Barbara Masters, Bruce Carlson, Jeffrey Sundwall, Jessica Wilson, Steve Wente, and Herb Kuehl.
On October 9th and 10th, 2015, Wilma Jensen presented a two-day workshop at Western Springs Christian Reformed Church in Western Springs, Illinois, sponsored by the Southwest Suburban Chicago and the Fox Valley Chapters of the AGO. Dr. Jensen taught three classes to participants: Development of Natural Keyboard Technique, which demonstrates many types of touches for technical and musical control, using selections from diverse repertoire; Style in Hymn Playing, and Demonstration of Service Voluntary Repertoire.
Wilma Jensen coaching organ students from St. Olaf College, September 17-18, 2015.
Joshua Knight, Elsilynn Barber, Beth Nichols, Wilma Jensen, David Stulta,
Jason Duroy, Jeff Scofield
Members of the Chattanooga AGO Chapter invited Wilma Jensen to conduct a five day workshop held at Brainerd United Methodist Church on August 24–28, 2015. Private lessons were provided to students each afternoon as well as evening master classes for the group.
In the group sessions, Dr. Jensen demonstrated various types of touch controls in passages of organ repertoire. She then assisted students by explaining the physical gestures and helping students each achieve these controls. There followed discussions and assistance in understanding and hearing the impact of these newly developed physical controls on the basic musicianship.
Other workshops Ms. Jensen leads include:
- Developing Natural Keyboard Technique and Maintaining it for Life
- Style in Hymn Playing
- Service Voluntaries
- AAA Choral Repertoire: Accessible, Attractive, Appealing
- Organ Coaching Masterclasses
Dr. Jensen is scheduled for other similar workshops in the fall of 2015, including: St. Olaf College, Southwest Suburban Chicago Chapter of the AGO, and the University of Alabama. Contact her today to schedule a workshop for your students or AGO chapter!
Wilma Jensen was a Guest Clinician at the University of Florida's 8th Annual Sacred Music Workshop, held on May 4-5, 2015. She taught 4 classes to workshop participants:
Reading session of Accessible, Attractive, and Appealing choral literature for the church choir, with rehearsal suggestions and a discusion of liturgical appropriateness.
This demonstration of service voluntaries in a variety of styles and national origin will provide appropriate options for a wide range of liturgical uses.
Discussion and demonstration of musical style, registration, tempi, and affect of effective hymn playing.
Development of Natural Keyboard Technique
Discussion of the physical gestures of various types of natural touch for technical and musical control; demonstration through short passages of stylistically diverse repertoire.
During a brief teaching residency in Organ Pedagogy at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, September 19 through October 3, 2014. Those pictured are (left to right): Scott Scheetz (photographer), Lucas Fletcher, Matthew Gerhardt, Nicholas Quardokus, Dr. Wilma Jensen, Ryan Brunkhurst, Jamie Carini, Martha Sliva, Jinhee Kim, and John Nothaft.
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Her unique ability to inspire her students, combined with her innate
musicality and clear exposition of technique, makes her a teacher beyond
Mary Catherine Race
McGill University Law School
Former Graduate Student at University of Southern California and graduate studies in England
Student from age 12 through college at Vanderbilt University,
won Region IV Young AGO competition at age 15,
continued coaching with Ms. Jensen for seven years.
Wilma Jensen is, as far as I know, one of the leading organ teachers in
America, one of the highest top rank. I remember her interest in teaching
which she discussed, years ago, with Jean Langlais (I believe it was 1969)
when he gave a recital in Oklahoma City. They had long talks about
musicological subjects. On the other hand, I know some of her very talented
pupils; their playing, their style and flair are just great. I hope she
will teach more in the next years. She is one of the most memorable
musicians in America.
Internationally known performer and teacher
Wilma continues to be a visionary teacher who has the ability to get to the
heart of the musical or technical matter in an astoundingly comprehensible
manner. Her musical and technical insights are informed by decades of
teaching at all levels, from beginning organists to top prize winners, and
her own distinguished performing career as an internationally celebrated
soloist, collaborative musician and conductor.
Janette Fishell, D.Mus
Professor of Organ
Indiana University - Jacobs School of Music
Ms. Jensen¹s ability to communicate her points brilliantly made her
teaching both fun and effective! It was a joy to work with such
Doctoral Candidate at Yale School of Music
Participant, Jensen Master Class
Wilma Jensen is a superb musician and teacher with exceptional mastery in
the fields of organ performance and church music. For over a decade I was
inspired by lengthy coaching sessions with her in organ repertoire, and
found her teaching to be unsurpassed (and indeed, to have greatly influenced
my own teaching career.) I have additionally had the opportunity to benefit
from observing her organ master classes and choral concerts, and from
listening to her very fine choral and organ CDs. Anyone in the field who
has an opportunity to hear Wilma Jensen--whether playing music, conducting
it, or speaking about it--will quickly realize his/her very good fortune in
learning from a master musician.
Diane Meredith Belcher
Associate Organist and Choirmaster
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Five day Nashville Wilma Jensen Organ Master Class with students from many states
Back Row: Professor Alan Morrison, Ahreum Han, Dr. Wilma Jensen, Stephanie Liem
Front Row, left to right: Nathan Laube, Joshua Stafford
Wilma Jensen proved to be a learned master with my students in a most inspiring masterclass. Her clear musical ideas were expertly conveyed through her graceful technical approach to the instrument which the students were able to grasp right away. I most appreciated her getting right to the point quickly and being able to demand maximum musical expression from each student. I look forward to having her back to share her vast experience with the next generation.
The Curtis Institute of Music
The Haas Charitable Trust Chair in Organ Studies