A native of San Francisco, first studied piano with Bethel Melvin, a private piano teacher and composer.
She began studying organ in 6th grade and was the church organist beginning when she was 12 years old. She directed her first choir at 15 years old and has been a church musician for most of her life.
Ms. Jensen began teaching Yamaha in 1969. Yamaha Music Education System (YMES) recently presented an award to Lois in appreciation of 35 years of dedicated teaching. She has owned her own school in San Antonio, Texas since 1976 where she pilots new curriculum for YMES. In addition, Ms. Jensen currently trains teachers all over the US and is a Key Teacher for the Yamaha Corp. of America.
Her Students have performed their original compositions in the Yamaha Pan-American Concert in Boston, Massachusetts at the Berklee School of Music, National Concers in San Diego, Phoenix, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Several students have been admitted to NESA (North East School of the Arts). Graduates of her classes are music majors or graduates of the schools of music at the University of Texas at Austin, Rice University, Texas State University-San Marcos, SMU, and University of Houston.
In addition to working with Yamaha, she worked at University Presbyterian for 23 years as a youth choir director, organist, and adult choir director. Some of the major works she conducted were: Christ lag in Todesbanden by J.S. Bach, Faure’s Requiem, Resphigi’s Laud to the Nativity, Durufle’s Requiem, Shubert Mass in G, Gospel Mass by Robert Ray, The UPC youth choir toured with a musical each year in which Ms. Jensen directed and choreographed the shows. Some of the shows were: Godspell, Children of Eden, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Cotton Patch Gospel. She also wrote several musical scripts Paul II, Buildin’, and In My Life, the Beatles Music from us to you.
Ms. Jensen participated in musical theatre throughout high school and college. In San Antonio she performed with Music Theatre, SALT, Offstage INC. She sang Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Dolly Heart in Grass Harp, Laura in the vampire opera Carmilla, Cole, Promenade, Gallantry, Gertrude Stein’s First Reader. In California she performed Marian the Librarian in Music Man, South Pacific, Camelot, Brigadoon. She also sang with Mastersingers perfoming in the operas: Hansel and Gretel and Daughter of the Regiment with Beverly Sills.