Jayna Nelson was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and began to study piano as soon as she could reach the keyboard. At age 9 she began to study the flute as well and by age 17 had won both the Baldwin Junior Keyboard award and the l Music Teachers' National Association Competition.
She graduated from the University of Toronto in Flute Performance where she studied with Louis Moyse, Andre Jaunet and Jeanne Baxtresser. For the next two years, she served on the faculty at University of Toronto teaching chamber music. There she also premiered a work by Mario Davidovsky: Synchronism #1 for Flute & Electronic Tape under the direction of the composer. She also was principal flutist with the Union College Orchestra, the Wesleyan College Orchestra, Opera Omaha Orchestra and Symphony Canada.
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JAYNA NELSON With JOHN ESPOSITO/MATT SHULMAN/FRANCOIS
MOUTIN/PETER O'BRIEN - Bloom Of Creation (Sunjump CD 09; USA). Like
every other disc that I've heard
on Esposito's Sunjump label, this one is another unrecognized gem.
features some amazing flute and piano interplay with
equally strong rhythm section work. . Throughout this disc the all five
members of this solid quintet engage each other and play slow-burning
restraint, solos unfolding carefully and consistently intense interaction.
Hopefully we will get a chance to hear flutist Jayna Nelson playing around the
town in the not-too-distant future
Willing to teach
Beginners to professionals have experienced Jayna's innovative teaching
techniques. She teaches piano, flute and piccolo and a "foundations of music"
course from her private studio.
"...anyone who experiences Jayna's work at any level would be fortunate indeed.
I can only hint at the results possible." Joe Giardullo