Dr. Jeanine Remy - Director, UWI Steel Pan & Percussion Studies
Dr. Jeannine Remy earned her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Northern Illinois University and her Doctorate from the University of Arizona. She first visited Trinidad in 1989 as part of her doctoral research at the University of Arizona to research pan, and perform in panorama with the Invaders Steel Orchestra.
In 1998 Dr. Remy conducted BWIA Invaders for the Pan Is Beautiful Competition. She has received numerous faculty research grants, including a Fulbright in 2000-2001, to research and archive Trinidad and Tobago steelpan music. In 2003, she became the first foreign female arranger of large conventional steelbands for Petrotrin Hatters Steel Orchestra.
Her compositions for steelband and percussion ensemble, The Rainmakers Tropical Journey in Percussion and Steel, earned a showcase performance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in November of 2008 in Austin, Texas. Many of her compositions for solo steelpan are also available in the UWI Pan Exam books. Dr. Remy released her first CD with the UWI Percussion Ensemble in May of 2010.
That same year she won the Pan in the 21st Century Competition with Curepe Sforzata Steel Orchestra.
Dr. Remy is a senior lecturer of music in the Department for Creative and Festival Arts at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Trinidad and currently teaches courses in percussion, steelpan arranging, steelpan history, steelpan literature, world music, and music of the Caribbean.
In September of 2015 Dr. Remy’s launched her first book entitled the Invaders Steel Orchestra: The History of a Legendary Trinidad Steelband, co-authored by Ray Funk. In 2017, she co-authored another book on the entitled Steelpan in Education: A History of the Northern Illinois University Steelband with Ray Funk and Andy Martin. Soon to be launched is another book written by Dr. Remy called The Saga of Milton Wire Austin and the Fonclaire Steel Orchestra which is a part her research on the steelbands and pannists from the South of Trinidad. This is being accomplished through the assistance of Mr. David Balbosa, Chairman, South/Central Region of Pan Trinbago.