Composer/Conductor/Singer Jenne Lennon has been described as “A Spectacle,” La Telegramme (France), “A Brilliant Singer,” Chicago Celtic Fest, “Deliciously Eccentric,” Bloomington Herald (Illinois), and “A Haunted Beauty,” Chicago Tribune. Critics have donned Jenne “The Janis Joplin of Celtic Music” for her passionate live performances and the unusual strength and depth of her voice. Jenne has performed all over the United States and Europe headlining events such as the Festival Interceltique de Lorient (France), the Bergen Music Festival (Norway) and the Unity Temple (USA). She has worked and recorded with the likes of Emmy nominated Composer Sarah Class, The Elgin Children’s Chorus, Global Voices, the Academy of Irish Music and Baal Tinne. Jenne is also a skilled Native American flute player and appeared in an episode of MTV’ s Stand In performing with Sting.
As one third of the international trio Shishonnah, Jenne currently resides in Chicago and part time in Galicia, Spain. She is the Assistant Director of the Community Renewal Chorus of Chicago and is an instructor at the famous Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago; where she works as a voice instructor, technician, the Director of the vocal ensemble Global Voices, and teaches Piano Lab.
She has contributed the original scores to adapted plays for Yeat’s On Baile’s Strand 2010, Anhouill’s Antigone and Steve Martin’sPicasso At The Lapine Agile 2011. Jenne teamed up with producer Roland Labana for The Hyde Park Players’ An Evening of Horror and Suspense and Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros in 2012. Her original score was featured in the Hyde Park Community Players and the University of Chicago’s Classics Department’s modern re-telling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Her most recent work as an arranger, composer, and conductor was featured in the award-winning, critically acclaimed film A Million Miles Away, directed by Jennifer Reeder, and was featured at the Sundance Film Festival 2014. The films pivotal scene featuring the choral arrangement of a metal ballad was voted the “Top Music Moment in Film 2014” by Film Misery. Jenne teamed up again with Jennifer Reeder ‘s latest film, Blood Below The Skin, contributing the score and serving as Music Director, which has been nominated for the Teddy Award at the Berlinale Film Festival.
In April of 2012, Jenne received the first annual Distinguished Alumni Award from the esteemed Elgin Children’s Chorus. Jenne received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance from the University of Illinois at Chicago in May of 2006, where she was also awarded the Student Service Award for her outstanding service to the University and International Choral Music. During her career at UIC, she worked with top names in international music, including Dr. Mary Goetze of the International Vocal Ensemble (Indiana University) and creator of Global Voices; Dr. Michael J. Anderson of the International Federation for Choral Music; and African composer Sheesby Matiure. Jenne is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Vocal Pedagogy at Northeastern Illinois University.
Jenne also continues to work with local and national Native American tribes throughout the United States on many charitable endeavors.