Co-founder, Executive Director, and Artistic Director of the Konza Choir
This fall, Janie will begin a new adventure as the 6-12 vocal music teacher at USD 320 Wamego! For the past five years she has been a full-time Instructor of Music at Kansas State University teaching applied voice and music theory.
Janie is an active performer and has been a featured soloist at the Meyerson Symphony Hall (Dallas), The Kauffman Center, and The Folly Theater (Kansas City). Additionally, she has been a guest artist with the Wichita Chamber Chorale, Hays Symphony Orchestra, Flint Hills Masterworks Chorale, and served three summers as artist-in-residence for the Ad Astra Summer Music Festival in addition to multiple guest appearances. Janie enjoyed several collaborations with the K-State symphony while on the vocal faculty, and in 2017 took on the infamous role of The Queen of the Night in the KSU production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. In 2018 she collaborated with the Wichita Grand Opera as a guest soloist for both their Opera on the Lake production and Chris Mann: Home for Christmas, Part 2. She will join the Salina Symphony this coming season for three guest soloist performances.
Professionally, Janie has served as a guest choral clinician and adjudicator in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. She served 8 years on the board for the Kansas Choral Directors Association as both chair of women’s choirs and North Central representative and is the incoming treasurer for the organization. She holds degrees in music education, choral conducting and vocal performance, mathematics, and is an accomplished oboist. None of this would be possible without the unwavering support of her husband Cole and two children, Ava (7) and Ethan (4).