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    Jamie Klenetsky Fay lives what some may consider a double life.
     
    Jamie Klenetsky FayIn her daily life, Jamie lives and works in Morristown, New Jersey where she is the Digital Media Manager for Morris County. Her job is developing and maintaining the county’s many websites, promoting the county via social media (and teaching other municipalities to do the same), producing video and audio, and managing multiple projects. She is a self-taught web designer who has been in the industry for over a decade. Her microsite, Morris County Elections Center, County of Morris, New Jersey, won a Members’ Choice Pinnacle Award last year.
     
    Performance
     
    But website design isn’t Jamie’s only forte –  she is an award-winning composer who focuses primarily on choral and vocal music. She also sings professionally in a variety of ensembles.
     
    After taking voice and piano lessons throughout her childhood, Jamie became a member of a number of choirs in high school. She completed a music degree from Rutgers University (affiliated with Mason Gross School of the Arts) and has sung professionally ever since.
     
    Jamie currently performs with C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, based in New York City. She was previously an artist in residence with the Continuo Arts Foundation, performing with the organization’s professional ensemble, Sonare. She also performed in the premiere concert of the Red Oak Contemporary Ensemble. Jamie is a singer with the Eastern Opera of New Jersey and has appeared in multiple productions, the latest as Mamma Lucia in Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.
     
    Composition
     
    Throughout the years, Jamie has composed vocal, chamber and electronic works. Being a vocalist, she fell in love with writing choral music. She won the New Voices competition in 2007 (San Francisco Choral Artists) and was a finalist in a chamber writing competition in Omaha, Nebraska. C4 performed two of Jamie’s works in New York City in 2009 and 2010. She was commissioned to write three pieces for the Seton Hall University Chapel Choir (2010-2011). She also had her electronic music heard during New Music Hartford in 2011. Two pieces, "Tomaraji na kumo" and "Seawall," have been performed by C4 in the past two concert seasons (2016 and 2017). "Tomaraji" was also performed by sister organization C3LA in 2017.
     
    Jamie recently attended the prestigious Creative Musicians Retreat, where her piece for marimba and violin, Thoughts Creep In, was workshopped and performed by award-winning musical theatre songwriter Matt Gould and the Mivos Quartet which is known as “one of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles.”
     
    In 2018, a new choral piece by Jamie, I Remain, was premiered by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Men’s Ensemble in their joint concert with C4. Two art songs, Distance and To Be Heard, were premiered in Petoskey, Michigan and Kansas City, Missouri.
     
    Listen to a C4 performance of Jamie’s composition "Seawall" on YouTube.