JO JANE (WARE) MARSHALL, Whittier, CA. I credit my genes and Mangum for my lifelong involvement in the arts. As a child I went to rehearsals of the Mangum City Band at the Court House; my dad, a trombonist, was the director (in addition to running Ware's Booterie.) My favorite place in the rehearsals was at the feet of J.H. Doolen who owned the local music store and played tuba; the way he blew those big spirals of brass and puffed out his cheeks was absolutely awesome. One of the really wonderful things about living in a small town was you got to do the arts not just look at or listen to them -- you got to tap dance, sing solos, sing in groups, act in plays, finger paint, paint scenery, design costumes, and many other experiences of the arts. I praise the many fine teachers of Mangum who have graced the lives of so many, especially those whose training helped to prepare me; in piano and voice. Dora Dean Reed; in drama, Mrs Crowley Vaughn, Frances Smith Herron and Charles Briley; in dance, Mrs. Ward and Charles Briley; in art the fabulous Foster twins, and in choral work and elementary stage production, Dorothy Winchester alley and the incomparable Virginia Fesler. All of these motivated me toward my career.
As a choral conductor and musical director, I had choral groups that were consistently rated among the top performing groups at choral festivals. At Ponca City High School, my Girls Chorus was the only one of 300 competing choruses in a five-state festival held in Enid, to receive a rating of Superior-Plus; the Mixed Chorus was selected by audition to perform for and to serve as the demonstration choir for the Commission on Standards of Literature and Performance as the Music Educators National Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. This concert was subsequently recorded and used for demonstration to teacher training programs at Wichita University and the University of Oklahoma. In Los Angeles, my choirs were frequently chosen to represent the Los Angeles secondary schools on radio and television. My Huntington Park Spartan Choir was one of three Los Angeles choirs chosen by audition to participate in the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley. When Los Angeles Southwest College had been organized fewer than two years, my choir was one of six colleges choirs which performed in the beautiful, new Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center. While attending Columbia University, I was one of 12 (the only woman) chosen from 340 graduate students in music to conduct the university chorus (340) and symphony orchestra (100) in Mozart's Requiem in d minor. I was also selected by audition to sing with the Los Angeles Master Chorale directed by Roger Wagner and guest conductors Robert Shaw and Zubin Mehta. All of this was before 1968.
In 1968, with my husband, I co-founded CREDR Corporation, a media publishing company. As Managing Editor of Development Digest, I established the processes for both production and publication and selected and coached professional actors. We developed over 600 audio programs, including three periodicals on tape and special programs for national professional associations, such as the American Society for Training and Development, The National Management Association, American Society for Personal Administration, NTL Institute, International Federation of Training and Development Organizations, and the American Library Association. Our company has been invited to participate at national and international conferences in Chicago, Houston, Miami, Anaheim, San Francisco, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Munich, Germany, Geneva, Switzerland, and most recently, Barcelona, Spain.
From 1968 to 1986, I served as the Managing Director of the American Center for Musical Theater Training, the training arm of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera at the Music Center of Los Angeles County.
In 1986, when I was invited to take charge of the humanities and fine arts segment in an innovative (combining classroom lectures, television, and Saturday conferences) five-semester program in liberal arts at West Los Angeles College, I made arrangements to kick off the Saturday conference segment by obtaining the Hearing Room of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for a discussion with Gerald Arpino, the Association Director and Choreographer of the Joffrey Ballet. This was followed by lunch across the street at the Music Center and a performance by The Joffrey Ballet. This performance so electrified my working-adult students, they became ballet enthusiasts and passed this torch of enthusiasm to succeeding classes, who came to expect attendance at a ballet as part of their education. My theory was and is, "One experience of a world-class performance is worth a million words in the classroom, but a student has to be prepared for the experience."
From 1986-1996, I had 200 to 400 students in my classes every semester. As part of the Saturday-conference segment, I organized a series of five events each semester to support the particular humanities of fine arts course I was teaching. By the end of the five-semester program, my adult students had been to art exhibitions at every major museum in Southern California and had attended multiple world-class performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Joffrey Ballet, the American Ballet Theater, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the theatrical companies a the Ahmanson Theater, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Pantages Theater, Doolittle Theater, Shrine Auditorium, and other professional venues. The students have been so overwhelmingly enthusiastic, hey have carried their interest into an alumni organization which continues this tradition of participation in the arts.
In addition to earning a Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Arts from Columbia University, New York, New York, I was selected for a UNESCO-sponsored study tour through the University of Oregon to compare music training in the United States with Western Europe. I observed extensively for 10 months in 40 schools in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and, to a lesser extent, France. I also did graduate work at the University of California at Los Angeles in musical theater, composition (Roy Harris), contemporary music, German, art history, philosophy, and radio programming management; at the University of Southern California, Division of Cinema-Television, in film production and screenwriting.
Other professional activities include: Director of the City of Hope Chorale, Duarte, California; Member, Committee for the Los Angeles Community College Choral Festival at the pavilion of the Music Center; Member, Task Force of the Commission for Separating the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Community College District (the nation's largest); Member, Tanglewood Symposium Planning Commission on Innovations for Creativity, Music Educators National Conference.
My civic and social activities have included; supporting the Music Center of Los Angeles County as a member of the Volunteer Coordinating Council, 1984-86, and Club 100 of the Music Center, 1987-1995; serving as Southern California Founder's Day Chairman for Gamma Phi Beta in 1984, with over 500 in attendance; serving the American Association of University Women, Valdosta, Georgia, as Vice President for Program Development; delegate to the Civic Round Table (representatives of all civic organizations); speaker at the South Georgia Hearings for the White House Conference on Families; and Public Relations Representative for seminars on "Women and the Law," WALB-TV, Albany.
At Mangum Senior High School, I was valedictorian, football queen, and the recipient of scholarships from Oklahoma College for Women and William Woods College. At William Woods College, Fulton, Missouri, I was inducted into Phi Beta, the national honorary music and speech fraternity.
At the University of Oklahoma, I was Academic Marshall of the College of Fine Arts, BWOC (Big Woman on Campus), Mortar Board; one of six women selected by audition for touring with the Men's Glee Club; Chairman of the World Student Service Fund; Host, radio program, Meet Our Foreign Students, KGOU; Social Chairmen, Panhellenic; Treasurer, Association of Women Students; President, Gamma Phi Beta.
In 1976-77, both Jim and I were selected for Marquis, Who's Who in the West, for our work in publishing media.
In 1991-92, I served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1995, I retired from West Los Angeles College as Professor Emeritus in Humanities and served briefly as one of the Commissioners of Cultural Arts for the City of Whittier, the PACE Alumni Arts League, the Los Angeles Panhellenic, for which I am the President Designate for the year 2000.
Jim and I enjoy snow-skiing, travel, gardening, and the many opportunities for experiences world-class are in Los Angeles.
I have a step-daughter, Margaret Elizabeth Marshall Bennett, an accountant, and a step-son, William Michael Hampton, who is a featured entertainer with the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
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