Born in Montréal, raised in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, clarinetist Jossée MacInnis is an active performer, composer, and teacher in the heart of Montréal. A versatile performer, she plays a wide variety of genres ranging from classical and contemporary to jazz, and klezmer. She has performed in Atlantic Canada, Montréal, Toronto, and Brazil.
As an active performer and interpreter of contemporary music, Ms. MacInnis has been involved in many projects and performances, including workshops at the Toronto Creative Music Lab and the Montréal Contemporary Music Lab in 2016-2018. She has performed notable repertoire such as Webern’s op. 22 quartet, Partiels by Gérard Grisey, and Pimpin’ by Jacob TV. Between the years of 2015 and 2019 Ms. MacInnis founded and directed contemporary chamber music ensemble, Ensemble Atlantica, consisting of flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, viola, and voice, conducted by French saxophonist and composer, Baptiste Boiron. Ensemble Atlantica commissioned over twenty new compositions by Canadian and International emerging composers debuted in performances across Ontario, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Ensemble Atlantica’s first album, Mnemonic Verses was recorded in 2018 and features all new works by emerging composers, including a piece written by Ms. MacInnis titled Moon Phases.
MacInnis’s interest in middle eastern music, klezmer and gypsy jazz has led her to collaborate with London Ontario based ensemble, Light of East Ensemble specializing in the folk music of Greece, Turkey, and surrounding regions. With Light of East Ensemble, she has performed at the 25th Annual Mill Race Folk festival in Cambridge Ontario, the Hamilton World Music Festival and performed in a collaborative concert with the London Symphonia in London, Ontario. In 2019, she formed ensemble Kallisto, a Montréal-based gypsy jazz/klezmer fusion quintet consisting of clarinet, flute, two guitars and double bass. Ms. MacInnis performs and composes for Kallisto and under her direction, they have been featured in various collaborations and have recorded their first EP, Ursa Minor in 2020.
As a teacher, Jossée has worked with community programs such as the New Horizons Band at Western University and currently teaches clarinet and wind ensemble at Share the Warmth in Montréal’s point saint-Charles neighbourhood. She has taught clarinet and music fundamentals at children camps such as the Interprovincial Music Camp in Ontario and Montréal University’s École des Jeunes summer music camp. Ms. MacInnis has also been engaged by École des Jeunes to teach music initiation for young children for the 2021-2022 academic school year. Her philosophy for teaching focuses on good fundamentals, the health of the body through good technique and postural awareness and creative expression, including improvisation. Her training in clarinet and instrumental pedagogy as well as music composition has allowed her to compose new compositions and exercises for her students with expertise in teaching beginners and young children. She is currently working on publishing a method book for beginning clarinet students with duets and etudes composed by her.
Ms. MacInnis holds an artist’s diploma from the University of Montréal, a master’s degree in clarinet performance from the University of Western Ontario and an undergraduate degree from Mount Allison University. Her teachers and mentors include Dr. Jana Starling, Dr. Colleen Richardson, John Hess, Martin Carpentier, Dr. James Kalyn, Jean-François Rivest, Mathieu Lussier, and the late Robert McCarthy. She is currently continuing her studies with Martin Carpentier at the University of Montréal in the doctoral program in clarinet performance. Her doctoral research explores the influences of the traditional folk music from the Northern Coast of Colombia in the work of renowned Colombian composer and pedagogue, Victoriano Valencia.