Jenna Schijf commenced her music education on the piano at age six. She began learning the bassoon in high school after being offered a scholarship to learn the instrument, even though she didn’t really know what it was at the time. She went on to complete her Bachelor of Classical Music Performance at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2014, studying with Jane Kircher-Lindner and Adam Mikulicz.
Jenna lived in Sydney for 18 months to study privately with Matthew Wilkie, Associate Principal Bassoon of the Sydney Symphony. In 2016 she sought inspiration and travelled to Europe to participate in summer academies in Spain, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. She had lessons and performed in masterclasses with many world-class bassoonists including Ole Kristian Dahl and Sophie Dartigalongue.
Jenna is a casual with the WA Symphony Orchestra and has freelanced with other ensembles including the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Arcadia Winds. Jenna has been involved in many Australian Youth Orchestra programs from 2013-2016 including AYO Seasons, National Music Camps, the AYO and TSO Fellowship, and Chamber Players. In 2015 she was the Principal Bassoonist and also the recipient of the Accenture Australia Scholarship. Jenna is also passionate about teaching and has taught in some of Perth’s most prestigious schools and privately in Sydney.
2017 is Jenna’s first year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and she is very excited about what the year has in store for her. After her time at ANAM she hopes to utilise her dual citizenship and complete a masters degree in Europe.
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