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Artist in Residence Alumna, Terry Jenoure

This was one of the most exhilarating experiences. I came home with unique compositional ideas and immediately went into the recording studio. I can still feel the canyon resonating in my bones!”

Public Programs

Terry hosted a Canyon Soundscapes Workshop for artists of all genres and skill level where participants explored the use of Terry's graphic notation system to play freely with sound. While in residence, Terry kept a journal of colors, textures, shapes, and overall relationships of natural formations. Because improvisation is at the crux of her work, participants got the chance to explore some of the formations she had sketched to create a spontaneous work for mixed-media ensemble.

About the Artist

Terry Jenoure

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Residency: September 1- 21, 2023

Terry was born and raised in the Bronx to a Puerto Rican and Jamaican family. She began studying classical violin at age 8 and attended the acclaimed High School of Music and Art in New York City. After college, she became a protégé of the Free Jazz movement, touring, performing, and recording with the most exemplary musicians of the genre: Archie Shepp, Leroy Jenkins, Marion Brown, John Carter, Lawrence “Butch” Morris, Andrew Cyrille, Richard Davis, and Henry Threadgill, among others. With a career spanning four decades, her performances as composer and violinist/vocalist include appearances at prestigious jazz venues and international festivals across the U.S., Western and Eastern Europe, and South America.  

Jenoure has received glowing reviews from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Downbeat Magazine, and other notable reviewers. She has a Ph.D. in Education and was on the graduate adjunct faculty of Lesley University for 18 years.  

During her residency, Jenoure translated her surroundings into music, converting the sensations of Grand Canyon into jazz with her electric violin. Her work was shared with passers-by via pop-up improvised performances and a workshop for musically minded guests. She responded both to nature and the Celebration of Art plein air painting event that was happening concurrently with her visit. Post-residency, Ms. Jenoure’s series of unique Grand Canyon-inspired compositions will be performed throughout the country and available for viewing online.

Terry plays the violin along the rim of Grand Canyon