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Joy Innis and Adrienne Shannon hold Doctor of Arts degrees from Ball State University in Indiana.  They have each taught at Conservatories and music schools in Canada and the U.S. including the University of Toronto, Ball State University, Queens University, the Royal Conservatory of Music, Mount Royal College Conservatory, Alberta College Conservatory of Music, and Malaspina University College. From 1998 to 2000, the duo acted as Co-Directors of Fine Arts at Saint Leo University in Florida. 

PALENAI has given workshops and master classes and been guest speakers at numerous conventions and conferences of Music Educators Associations throughout BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. As well as adjudicating and examining across Canada, the duo developed the Artists in Transit Program sponsored by the Saskatchewan Music Festivals Association and the Saskatchewan Lotteries.

Their work as International Coordinators for the SESOL Music Research Society in Korea resulted in international exchanges for students and teachers from Korea, Taiwan, Japan, the U.S. and Canada. Joy Innis has been invited to publish her paper on the Interpretation of Mozart’s Markings in the Journal of the Sesol Music Research Society in May 2008.

In 2002, the Ministry of Education for the Province of Ontario approved a new program developed by Joy Innis and Adrienne Shannon for St. Lawrence College in Kingston. The first of its kind in Canada, the Digital Arts for Musicians program offers music students enhanced skills in the production of multimedia. Dr. Innis and Dr. Shannon are currently full time professors and Coordinators of the program as well as adjunct professors at Queen’s University School of Music.