Jill Ann Siemens was born in Kelowna, BC – one of 6 children. Her father sang to her from birth, kindling a love of the voice and music in general. She studied piano 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 Song Writing 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. Many of her students have gone on to a life of active music performance or production.
She was awarded the “International Song of Peace Award” in Ireland, for her composition, “Sempre Vicino – a Child’s Prayer for Peace”, 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 creating musical groups 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.
by Jill Ann Siemens, arr. Larry Nickel
SATB with piano – $2.35 CP 1689 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.