A History of Music
Having the good fortune to be born into a musical family in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, East Africa, Jacinta Luis has been playing the piano since the age of 3 1/2.
Vocalist, Pianist, Composer, Entertainer and Professor
Her family’s musical roots can be traced back to their origins in Goa. Every member of her family sang and played at least one instrument, and jamming together was a popular activity at home. She grew to love the bossa novas and swing tunes her father’s band rehearsed in their den.
In 1971, the Luis family immigrated to Canada, settling in Montreal. Jacinta studied classical piano and pursued music courses at Dawson College and Concordia University. Jacinta completed an MA in Music Education at the University of Victoria where she developed her interest in vocal jazz, arranging, and composing as well as in educational philosophy and practice.
She has had a full performing career: as a solo vocalist/pianist and in quartets. Jacinta is currently a full time professor of Music at Dawson College where she teaches courses in Voice, Jazz History & Classical Music History, and is able to share her passion for music with her students, performing with them at the College’s annual benefit concerts.