Janet Oates

Janet is an experienced choir leader, performer and composer. As well as conducting and depping for community choirs and ad hoc performance projects, she is artistic director of Philomel, a new professional vocal ensemble, and the CoMA Singers, a small ensemble dedicated to newly written vocal works (part of Contemporary Music for All).

With James Weeks, she co-ordinated the production of the CoMA Partsongs book (Peters Edition), a volume of 12 newly commissioned experimental vocal works.

She also sings early music in her ensemble Duo Maddalena, and pop/jazz in her a capella trio The Decibelles.

She has a PhD in composition from Royal Holloway, University of London, writing mainly vocal music. She teaches adults at Richmond Adult Community College, and privately (singing, flute, theory).