Jennifer Tung is one of Ontario’s most sought after vocal coaches, piano accompanists, sopranos, instructors, and adjudicators. She is currently on faculty as a vocal coach at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music as well as the founder, core faculty and coordinator of the vocal program for the Young Artist Performance Academy. Most recently, Tung has been appointed to serve as the Vocal Department Coordinator of the Glenn Gould School.
In the summers of 2006 & 2007, Tung was invited to join the faculty of the “Songfest” Young Artist Program in Malibu, California teaching alongside renowned artists such as D’Anna Fortunata, Judith Kellock and Frances Young. In the summer of 2008, Tung served as a voice teacher, vocal coach and music director at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival in Waimea, Hawaii. She was also invited to participate in the Schubert master classes as a pianist at the prestigious Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme. In the summer of 2009, Tung once again joined “Songfest” as the assistant director and faculty of the Young Artist Program and Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as faculty in the voice and collaborative piano program. An advocate of contemporary music, Tung was appointed as the repetiteur and pianist for the inaugural season of the Tapestry New Opera Studio in the summer of 2007, a unique internationally known music organization that is dedicated to the creation, development and performance of new opera through a highly collaborative work process. She has also worked closely with renowned contemporary composers such as Tom Cipullo, Ricky Ian Gordon, John Harbison, Jake Heggie and John Musto.
Active as an oratorio soloist, Tung has performed in Magnificat by Bach, Ceremony of Carols by Britten, Messiah by Handel, Requiem and Exultate Jubilate by Mozart, Mass by Stravinsky and Gloria by Vivaldi. This November, she will be the soprano soloist for Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the Toronto Sinfonietta under the baton of Matthew Jaskiewicz. Tung’s future engagements include a recital/master class tour to California in Jan and a concert in the Georgian Bay Symphony chamber music series in March.
In the summers of 2003-05, she was music director for Summer Opera Lyric Theatre’s productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Magic Flute and Offenbach’s La vie Parisienne and was invited to be the music director of Delibes’s Lakmé in 2008.
In demand as an adjudicator, she has adjudicated competitions across Ontario in both voice and piano. Tung’s piano and voice students have captured top prizes in competitions across Ontario and have been accepted with scholarships into the music programs at the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Glenn Gould School, University of Toronto and McGill University. Most recently, her student Grace Lee sang the leading role of Pandora in the world premier performance of Canadian composer Dean Burry’s Opera: Pandora’s Locker.
Tung holds a Bachelor of Music in voice performance and a Master of Music in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music where she was a fellowship student. She studied the art of collaborative piano under Dr. Jean Barr, John Greer, Stuart Hamilton, Martin Katz, Rudolph Jansen, Graham Johnson (OBE) and Dr. Russell Miller and voice with Lorna MacDonald, Dale Moore and Masako Toribara.