Category Archives: Fun Research Tidbit

Jan DeGaetani’s Life Lessons

Friends, I recently chatted with soprano Karen Holvik whom I   first met in the fall of 1980, my first semester in Jan’s studio. I was eighteen; Karen had just completed her graduate degree the spring before and was headed to her … Continue reading

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Radio Days

Friends, These last two weeks, I’ve jumped into a new teaching job. I’m teaching college writing to seniors at Oxford High School in Oxford, Mississippi. I’m beat! A week of training. Everything is online, multiple programs to learn, new building, … Continue reading

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Jan DeGaetani and Water

Good Morning, Friends, Here’s a little piece I worked on this morning:   Hawk Baritone Tom Paul, asks me, “Did you know Jan was fascinated by Osprey?” I shake my head no. “She loved them.” I find this question scribbled … Continue reading

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Jan DeGaetani and Dance

Hello, Friends, As promised, here’s some work about Jan’s use of dance and movement as a singer and teacher. * I wonder if people remember how committed Jan was to the soundness of her physicality. How upright and easy her … Continue reading

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Jan DeGaetani and Turnau Opera Players

Hello, Friends, This week, I’ve thrown myself back into research mode as I piece together Jan’s steps from Juilliard in 1955 to the year her first marriage to Tom DeGaetani ended sometime in the early 60’s. Gems. Open one more … Continue reading

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Jan DeGaetani and Dawn

Dawn was once a popular name. I don’t know anyone naming their daughters this today. There are four Dawn’s from all around the country still in my life, all born within years of me in 1962. It was once a … Continue reading

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Jan DeGaetani and Composer Pia Gilbert

First, Friends, an update: I’ve been in my new Mississippi home for three weeks, and I love it. Last night, I sat on my blue porch as the sun set, watching fireflies spark. My dad and I had brought buckets … Continue reading

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Jan DeGaetani Juilliard Student 1951-1955

Friends, Some more work on the Juilliard years: If you encounter a great teacher once in your lifetime, you are one of the blessed. I can count many, many, among them Henry Brant, Norman Lloyd, and from my earliest years, … Continue reading

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Taking Root

Friends, Providence. Chaos. The wherewithal to slow down–stop–listen. No matter. I am here now, and this happening. I’ve been in North Mississippi since March 27. My 86-year-old father has been diagnosed, cut on, and is back home in his cabin … Continue reading

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Jan DeGaetani and Pia Gilbert

I’m back, Friends! Sorta. My trip to Belize pushed me in so many ways; I was sick with the flu when I left the US, and once there, I had two falls, one bad enough to leave me with bruised … Continue reading

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