Jana has been an advocate, designer and administrator
of arts and music programs in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last
ten years. In 1993 she developed her most innovative program, the Soundwall
Music summer rock camp for young musicians ages 1 1-17. At the time, her
son Nick was thirteen and rocking hard to Extreme, Aerosmith, the Black
Crowes and Hot Tuna. When Jana looked around for a rock and roll summer
camp for him, she was surprised to find none. With her program and recreation
background, she was able to design a summer rock camp, hire staff and
find a site for a day camp in the East Bay. Now Soundwall Music Camps
have grown to include two residential camps at Santa Clara University
which draw students from all over the country and beyond! And her son
Nick, now 20, is a student in the Music School at the University of Oregon.
The Soundwall Music Camp program provides music instruction and performance
opportunities for young musicians and has captured the attention of the
local and national media, including CNN News. The camp enrolls about 120
students each summer. Jana serves as Program Director of the camps, supervises
the teaching staff, handles promotions and enrollments, and publishes
a quarterly newsletter for over 800 camp friends.
In addition to the Soundwall Music Camp program, Jana has been involved
with young people and the arts. She served as the administrator of two
non-profit art galleries in Contra Costa County and directed the renovation
and operation of the Village Theatre in Danville. From 1989-1994, she
created and directed the cultural arts program for the city of Danville
which brought concerts, children's theatre and increased arts awareness
to the community. She is currently serving on the Board of a non-profit
theater company and is designing a mentor program for students of the
independent study program in her area.
She is a graduate of UCLA, has a Masters Degree in Education from USC
and taught school for six years.
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