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PALENAI ~ an ancient symbol of unified diversity ~ describes the artistic collaboration of Joy Innis and Adrienne Shannon.  They have performed on international stages in the United States, Europe, Korea, Israel and the Ukraine, toured to major centers and remote regions throughout Canada, and appeared with major Canadian orchestras.

A native of Calgary, Joy Innis studied with Gloria Saarinen at Mount Royal College, Pierre Souverain and Patrica Parr at the University of Toronto, and Mitchell Andrews at Ball State University where she earned a Doctor of Arts degree. Joy Innis has delivered her research papers on Canadian music and the Interpretation of Mozart’s Markings at the Targ Center in Jerusalem, Dongduk University in Seoul, Korea and at music educators’ conferences in Canada. Joy’s photography and digital images are used in PALENAI’s award-winning Rhythm ‘n Views© programs.

Adrienne Shannon studied with Boris Berlin at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto and Ania Dorfman at the Juilliard School where she earned a Masters of Music degree. In 1996, she completed a Doctor of Arts degree under the mentorship of Mitchell Andrews. Adrienne Shannon was a prize-winner at the Munich International Music Competition and the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition.

Since the 1990s, the duo has been on the cutting edge of performers combining digital multimedia with live performances.  The combination of Joy’s photography, Canadian art, and digital animation projected during their concerts led to awards and honors from Parks Canada, Canada Council, Alberta Foundation, Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation and the Telus Corporation.

During the course of their careers, Joy Innis and Adrienne Shannon acted as Administrative and Artistic Directors of the Pacific Rim Summer Festival in British Columbia (1986-2002), the Mozart Bicentennial Festival in Calgary (1991), and Festival on the St. Lawrence in Ontario (2003-2004). As educators, Joy Innis and Adrienne Shannon have taught at music schools in Canada and the United States. They are currently coordinating a program they established at St. Lawrence College called Digital Arts for Musicians, and teaching at the School of Music at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

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