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Jennifer Short, oboe

Jennifer Short has been the Second Oboe/English Horn player of Orchestra London since 1992. A native of Ottawa, Jennifer received her early musical education at Michigan's Interlochen Arts Academy. Generous grants from the Ontario Arts Council and a full scholarship to the Juilliard School in New York City allowed her to complete her training as a student of the renowned oboist Elaine Douvas. Upon receiving a Master's Degree from Juilliard, she was appointed Principal Oboe of the Saskatoon Symphony. She went on to hold positions as Pincipal Oboe with the Edmonton Symphony and as Assistant Principal Oboe/English Horn with the Calgary Philharmonic. For over a decade she has performed as a substitute on both oboe and English horn with Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra, one of Canada's premier ensembles.

Jennifer has appeared as a soloist with Orchestra London on several occasions: on oboe in "The Flower Clock" of Jean Francaix, in Bach's "Double Concerto for Violin & Oboe" (with husband Joseph Lanza, Orchestra London Concertmaster), and on English horn in Copland's "Quiet City" for English horn and Trumpet. In 2004, she gave the World Premier of the "Concerto for English horn" commissioned by London's own Jeff Christmas. A dedicated teacher, Jennifer has served on the faculties of the Universities of Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Western Ontario.

Jennifer and Joe are the adoring parents of a delightful 7-year-old daughter, Heather, and recently welcomed a new addition: Fergus, a Shetland Sheep-dog pup. When not performing or occupied with her very busy family, Jennifer can undoubtedly be found on the ice, honing her figure-skating skills as a member of the London Skating Club.


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