Jill Ann Siemens

 

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Jill Ann Siemens was born in Kelowna BC – one of 6 children. She had a rich childhood that always included camping and creating things. Her mother instilled in her a “go-get-‘em” attitude... and her grandmother taught her never to be cheap when it came to advertising. She studied under Stephen Lansberry and Edward Parker in Vancouver, B.C. and holds an ARCT in Piano and Pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Jill Ann is the recipient of the World Song of Peace Award, the U.K. International SongWriting Competition, and the Royal College of Organists Popular Song Award. 


Ms. Siemens taught young children at the Victoria Conservatory of Music for 28 years where she inspired many pupils to pursue a rich musical life. Her students are the recipients of many awards, and have performed extensively themselves in or along with groups such as Irish Legends, The Chieftains, The Wailin’ Jenny’s, Jets Overhead, The Bills, and many symphony orchestras. 


Jill Ann’s own award-winning compositions, from foot-stomping Celtic music to contemporary songs, have been performed extensively with popular appeal and distinction. 

Sempre Vicino    by Jill Ann Siemens, arr. Larry Nickel


SATB with piano  -  $2.35    CP 1689     
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:45

TTBB with piano  -  $2.35    CP 1718

SSA version - with piano - available upon request

Sempre Vicino means “Always Near” - is also known as “A Child’s Prayer for Peace”.  This song was made famous by The Canadian Tenors (now simply called The Tenors). Jill founded and managed this group for several years. This is a melody and message that goes straight to the heart.


Listen to the Canadian Tenors singing the song here.


 

She was awarded the “International Song of Peace Award” in Ireland, along with former Mayor Rudi Giuliani who won the “International Leader of Peace Award” in the same year, both for their contributions surrounding the tragic events of 9/11 in New York City. While in Ireland to receive her award, Siemens vowed to use her musical gifts to bring joy to people around the world, which became the catalyst for the creation of The Canadian Tenors, (The Tenors) that she envisioned, created, built intuitively step-by-step, and launched in 2004... followed by the founding of yet another successful tenor group - Tenore.


Since then, Siemens' vision and personal commitment to using music as a bridge to foreign cultures has resulted in millions of dollars being raised to assist the village of Bulembu in Africa, and others in need, including World Vision, Food for the Hungry, and Watoto. Jill Ann continues to work as an active composer, producer, and talent impresario.