Staff & Elders
MUSIC DIRECTOR

Janet Parker

  Janet and Buzz, moved to La Grange in 2005 from Owego, New York.    A native of Long island, Janet studied music at Ithaca College (once the Ithaca Conservatory of Music) where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and a Masters of Music in Applied Voice. In-between degrees, she nurtured her life-long creativity as a fabric store employee and knitting teacher while new husband Buzz played jazz trumpet in the U.S. Army Field Band.

     After graduation, Janet taught middle school general music and chorus for a few years part time while studying singing and training at the Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, NY. At this point in her life, the challenge of full-time vocal performance called to her, and she traded music education (except for private lessons) for singing opera, performing oratorio and doing solo work with symphony orchestras and choral groups. Accomplishments include some twenty acclaimed operatic roles, ranging from the Queen of Hearts in “Alice in Wonderland” to the title role in Bizet’s “Carmen.” During this period, she was vocalist with over a dozen orchestras, singing music that extended from the baroque to twentieth century.

     After several years on the stage, Janet decided to “retire” from being on the road and accepted a fulltime teaching position with the Owego Free Academy (public High School in Owego, NY). There she taught Women’s Chorus, Concert Choir, Select Choir, General Music class and college-level Music Theory. She and Buzz became eligible for early retirement, much to their benefit and to that of La Grange.

     Since moving here, while not planning for and working with the Chancel Choir, the Praise Band, or with the worship team preparing services, Janet has spent many hours working with Buzz on their extensive and awesome home remodel. She is currently the president of the Colorado Valley Quilt Guild and an extra-active member of the “Thursday Quilters.” When time allows, Janet will play the piano, sew, knit, crochet, garden, read, cook, bake, and make her own cleaning and laundry products (a gift to the environment). She is devoted to Irish Setter, Brady.

    

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