Jane Best was born in Kingston, Ontario, and began learning piano there as a child. She sang in children's choir at Saint George's United Church in Toronto and continued her music studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music and part-time at the University of Toronto. Twenty years ago she moved to Manitoulin Island to raise her family in the beautiful fresh air surrounded by lakes and trees.
Jane has directed children's and church choirs in Gore Bay, serving in worship leadership for over 14 years. She presently directs the Manitoulin Community Choir, a group of approximately 30 voices and different ages, and a vocal quartet called In A Chord which visits churches to sing both acappella and accompanied music. Together with her family and friends she has recorded 3 CDs, three hymns which have been featured in competition concerts and several choral pieces that have been published. In the summer of 2013 Wayne Leupold Editions Inc. will be publishing a book of Jane's hymns.
Jane also teaches private music lessons and has a set of 4 small harps for group beginner workshops.
Jane's hymn Walk in Newness was selected as a competition winner and featured at The Ascending Voice conference at Pepperdine University, 2007. A Lamb and Yet a Shepherd was sung at Pax Christi Chorale's Fanfare of Canadian Hymns II concert, 2009. Reach for the Mark was originally written at the request of the Anglican Diocese of Algoma and was more recently sung at the SOCHS Hymn Festival in Toronto 2010.
Jane has also published other hymns, including- Tunes 155 and 159, in More Voices (United Church of Canada) - A Lamb and Yet a Shepherd, tune 10 in Great Canadian Hymns by the Pax Christi Chorale - God Chose ..tune 5 in The Inner Voice, A Hymnic Tribute to Julian of Norwich published by the Order of Julian of Norwich