Jean S. Applonie received her bachelor’s degree in choral music education and master’s degree in choral music performance from Brigham Young University. Upon completion of her degree, Ms. Applonie was granted a one-year appointment to serve on the full-time faculty for the BYU School of Music. She taught choral music for Davis and Murray School Districts and has served on the music faculty at The Waterford School in Sandy, Utah. She is Kodaly Certified and also operated a private voice studio for ten years in Salt Lake City. Currently a faculty member at BYU, Ms. Applonie conducts the BYU Women’s Chorus and has taught courses in music education and conducting. She is well-known as a presenter at state conventions and is often invited to impart her extensive choral knowledge at professional seminars and workshops. Ms. Applonie was also co-founder, artistic director, and conductor of Viva Voce!, a women’s choir in Salt Lake City from 1994 to 2008. She is also active as a church musician, singing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir since 2013 and conducting numerous church choirs and training church musicians at regional church music workshops.
Under Ms. Applonie’s direction, Viva Voce! was invited to perform, by audition, at the Western Division American Choral Directors Association Convention in Salt Lake City in 2008. Viva Voce! made three albums and commissioned one new work by Joan Szymko. In 2015 the BYU Women’s Chorus accepted an invitation, by audition, to perform for the prestigious national convention of the American Choral Director’s Association held in Salt Lake City. They also received invitations to sing with Joan Szymko at Carnegie Hall and to perform at the inception of a new collegiate women’s choral festival at Cornell University. The BYU Women’s Chorus has made two albums, Wondrous Love and My God Is a Rock. They have commissioned and premiered several new works by notable choral composers: Lindsay Goodson, David Zabriskie, Jonathan Rodgers, Daniel Hall, Lane Johnson, and Dwight Bigler. Her goal is to continually practice and produce excellence in the choral art, but also to uplift, to inspire, and to move the audience.