Rest_In_Peace's current selection is:
God Defend New Zealand
by arranger/choir founder Guy Jansen, performed by New Zealand National Youth Choir
Guy Jansen (1935 to 2019) was a New Zealand choir founder/director and teacher. Guy Elwyn Jansen was born in Carterton, North Island, New Zealand, on May 27th 1935. He was educated at Horowhenua College, and in 1960 married Judy Mary Rolls (the couple went on to have three children). After also continuing his studies at Victoria University College, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in that same year. Following his completion of a Diploma of Education at Wellington Teachers' College in 1963, he went on to gain a Master of Arts in the history and literature of music at the Victoria University of Wellington in 1966. Jansen then graduated as a Bachelor of Music in 1969 (also at Victoria University), and later undertook doctoral studies at the University of Southern California in the USA, the first New Zealander ever to do so. They awarded him a degree as Doctor of Musical Arts in 1984 (his thesis was The Aesthetic Realm and Choral Music) - he became a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in 1968, and a Fellow of Trinity College London in the following year. He also ran choral courses for secondary school students during the 1960s, establishing the regional Choral Festival for Secondary Schools along the way, then from 1975 to 1989 was the Department of Education's national officer for music (responsible for all music in primary and secondary schools). In 1979 Jansen established the New Zealand National Youth Choir (featured here), initially serving as their musical director and touring with them internationally in 1982. In 1986, he founded the New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir, and was also closely involved in the production of the New Zealand Hymnbook the same year (he was the first person to arrange the New Zealand national anthem, "God Defend New Zealand" (featured here), with both English and Maori lyrics, initially for the New Zealand Youth Choir's 1982 tour). He campaigned often to widen the scope of church music, being much noted for the fusion of styles in his own arrangements of this kind. Another landmark in 1986 was his founding of the International Summer Schools in Choral Conducting, which he himself directed (or co-directed) in New Zealand and Queensland, Australia, fourteen times between then and 2011. After being appointed senior lecturer at the University of Queensland, Jansen initiated a master's programme in choral and church music there, as well as establishing the 'University Chamber Singers'. He was the chairman of the organising committee for the national conference of the Australian Society for Music Education in 1997, and was later appointed choral conductor-in-residence at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in Illinois, USA. He was awarded the New Zealand Commemoration Medal in 1990, and was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) by the Queen in her 2011 Birthday Honours list (for services to music). He conducted one of the choirs singing national anthems before matches at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and during 2012 spent six months in Darwin, Australia, as a choral consultant to indigenous children and at Charles Darwin University. Guy Jansen died in Wellington on May 27th 2019, his 84th birthday.
Posted: About 4 hours ago
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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