She is a choral conductor and teacher born in Little Borough, Lancashire, England.
In 1968 she became a naturalised Canadian and achieved ARCT awards in performance and teaching as well as a BA Honours in Toronto. After having won a Leslie Bell Scholarship and a Sir Ernest MacMillan scholarship she studied under Sir David Willcocks and Margaret Hillis at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.
She founded the Toronto Children’s Chorus in 1978 which would provide a choir for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra , was a teacher on the Toronto Board of Education, director of the Howard Public School and a member of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
As a guest conductor and choral clinician she has performed throughout the world and each year she holds a choral conductors’ symposium.
In 1986 she received the Roy Thomson Award for outstanding contribution to music in Toronto, was invested in the Order of Ontario and was honoured with the Order of Canada. England awarded her with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and the University of Toronto named the Jean Ashworth Bartle Music Education Award in her honour.
Here she is conducting an NCACDA Honor Choir in Des Moines in 1992….