Wes Janzen, DMA

Professor Emeritus of Music

Dr. Wes Janzen was Director of Choral Activities at TWU from 1981 to 2014 and is now Professor Emeritus of Music. During this 33 year period, singers under his direction have had rich experiences performing wonderful choral music. Choirs under his direction have been heard in dozens of CBC national broadcasts, have been broadcast on German and Korean national television and on the European Broadcasting Network.

Singers at TWU under his direction have frequently shared the stage with Vancouver Symphony, Vancouver Chamber Choir and other fine professional arts organizations.

Professional Experience

In addition to leading a family of choirs at TWU, Dr. Janzen has frequently collaborated with organizations as diverse as the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Vancouver Symphony, CBC Radio, and Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Wes is the Principal Conductor of the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and Music Coordinator for Missions Fest Vancouver.

Dr. Janzen has been published in the Choral Journal Anacrusis and the journal of the International Federation of Choral Music. He was a member of the corresponding board of "Studies in Penderecki" and the International Repertoire and Standards Board of IFCM from 1996-1999.

  • DMA (Cincinnati)
  • MMus (Western Washington)
  • BMus (Victoria)
  • Dr. Janzen has also studied at the Munich Goethe Institute, Stockholm Academy of Music, L'Abri and Aspen Music Festival.


Conducting Performance, Vocal Pedagogy, and Music & Faith