About Penny

Penny Blake began her musical studies in Toronto, where she received her Associate in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music. After moving to the Niagara region she continued in her musical studies at Brock and also branched into composition, studying with the eminent composer Srul Irving Glick and at Brock University with Professor Ronald Tremain and Professor Peter Landey. An accomplished singer, she has performed with the Canadian Opera Company, many local choirs, and enjoys doing recitals in Toronto and the Niagara region.

After completing a CD of solo song, The Heart Sings, devoted to Jewish folk music, new composing ventures have found her delving into the realm of choral music. Candles are Dancing won first place in its category in the prestigious Amadeus Christmas and Chanukah Song-writing Competition and has been recorded by the Niagara Vocal Ensemble on its CD, A Niagara Noel. Beauty is Before Me, a composition on a beautiful Navajo text, has become the title track of an Avanti Chamber Singers CD of the same name. Ah Toi Belle Hirondelle, a fresh arrangement of a French-Canadian folk song, is her newest published piece. All of these pieces are available from Cypress Choral Music.

Writing more choral music is one of her special joys. She understands this music both as a composer and a performer, for she has been a chorister in ensembles both large and small. She now directs the choir of the Unitarian Congregation of Niagara, sings with the Queenston Ladies Choir, and enjoys living in Welland, Ontario with her husband Roy.