Vale Guy Jansen
Brisbane Concert Choir was saddened to hear of the passing of Dr Guy Jansen, who died on 28 May 2019, his 84th birthday. Guy was a member of St Andrew's Uniting Church in Brisbane for a time and was the founding Musical Director of the Concert Choir.
Guy had a distinguished choral career. Some highlights include: founding the New Zealand Youth Choir in 1979 - the first international youth choir in the world, the Celebration Singers, Festival Singers and Bel Canto, the latter an audition only, professional choir based in Wellington. He was also the first person to arrange the New Zealand National Anthem incorporating Māori and English words.
Academically, Jansen was a recipient of a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship, Arts Council and Fulbright awards. He was the first New Zealander to study at the prestigious School of Music at The University of Southern California. He went on to be a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland where he established a masters’ degree in Choral Music, as well as forming the University Chamber Singers.
We are proud to have been part of Guy's choral life. He will be missed for the energy and enthusiasm he brought to the choral world. We send our thoughts and sympathy to his daughter, Nicola Kiver, who sang with the Concert Choir (and whose spouse, Chris Kiver, took over from Guy as its MD) and all of his family.