In Toronto’s jazz and choral communities, Jacqueline Teh has her hand in a lot of projects.

The 25-year-old musician, composer, arranger and conductor is busy. Teh composes for and performs with the Cantabile Chamber Singers. She is the musical director of an upcoming production by the Necessary Angel Theatre Company. She’s the conductor of the St. James Town Children’s Choir. She directs the University of Toronto Small Vocal Jazz Ensemble. And she teaches at Ovation! Performing Arts Academy.

Meanwhile, Teh has ambitious creative pursuits of her own.

She sings with Moodset, a jazz and R&B ensemble that aims to foster a vibrant atmosphere that emphasizes the collaborative, exploratory creation of original, soulful music. Last year, Moodset’s live showcase featuring on-the-spot composition was chosen as one of the TD Discovery Series Special Projects. The group has been slowly but surely working toward a debut album.

Last summer, Teh completed a personal project in which she composed one song each day — 30 in total. The result is titled Love is a Colour, featuring modern compositions with flavours of jazz and R&B. In it, Teh explores a series of perspectives on love and relationships, with each song represented by a different colour.

We asked this former participant in our Jazzology program to tell us more about her influences and approach to making music, and what we might expect in the future from this young talent.