A composer, singer, and designer, Jamie Klenetsky Fay’s work spans the creative spectrum. Jamie is an award-winning composer focusing primarily on choral and vocal music, sings professionally in a variety of ensembles, and has worked in the web design industry for a decade. Born in Freehold, New Jersey, Jamie now lives and works in Morristown.
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.
As of 2015, Jamie sings with C4: The Composer/Conductor Collective (a new music group in New York; she was also a member from 2008-2010); the Continuo Arts Foundation in its professional ensemble, Sonare, and as an Artist-in-Residence; and with the new music chamber ensemble, Red Oak Contemporary Ensemble. She previously participated in Rhymes With Opera’s new music summer workshop, and was on the roster of the professional Kinnara Ensemble, as well as performing with the Eastern Opera of New Jersey. In prior years, she served as a section leader of the Westfield (NJ) Presbyterian Church choir and as a member of the professional Seton Hall Chapel Choir.
After discovering film soundtracks and classical music in high school, Jamie pursued classical composition at Rutgers University (Mason Gross School of the Arts) under Dr. Matt Riedel. She has composed vocal, chamber and electronic works throughout the years.
Being a vocalist, Jamie 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, NE. C4 performed two of Jamie’s works in New York in 2009 and 2010. Jamie was commissioned to write three pieces for the Seton Hall Chapel Choir (2010-2011). She also had her electronic music heard during New Music Hartford in 2011. A new piece, Tomaraji na kumo, is premiering in New York this June, performed by C4.
Jamie is a self-taught web designer who has been in the industry for over a decade. She’s worked as the web designer for the government of Morris County, NJ for over 8 years, developing and maintaining its many sites, promoting the county via social media (and teaching other municipalities to do the same), producing video and audio, and managing projects.