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Summarized by Jennifer Livingston

LDS Piano Professor Retires At University Of Utah
Salt Lake Tribune 14May00 P2
By Catherine Reese Newton: Salt Lake Tribune

SALT LAKE CITY, UT -- Two great contributors to the University of Utah music department are retiring after this semester. Janet Mann was the founder of the university's piano preparatory division and pedagogy program, while Bonnie Winterton has made invaluable contributions to the choral and piano fields. These two ladies were each recently honored in concerts delivered by their students.

When Janet Mann joined the U in 1974, there was no piano pedagogy program in place. Mann first established a preparatory division of students ranging in age from childhood to college-age in 1976. "If I ever got to teach pedagogy, we would need children for the student teachers to teach," thought Mann. Then in 1978, the pedagogy program was born. "I've always thought the teaching of teaching was fascinating," said Mann.

Susan Duehlmeier, head of piano studies at the U, praised her colleague when she said, "Janet is recognized as a national expert in the field of teaching. She is an innovator. She has had a tremendous impact."

Bonnie Winterton earned master's and doctoral degrees in choral conducting. Winterton has directed several choirs during her tenure at the U. Her other duties are many -- Winterton has served as assistant conductor and accompanist for the Utah Symphony Chorus for 27 years. She and her husband serve on the General Music Committee for the LDS Church and on the Temple Square Concert Committee.

While both ladies are retiring from the University of Utah, they still have many activities and responsibilities which will keep their schedules full. Mann will continue to teach private students, and will remain a part of the SummerArts piano program at the university. She is anticipating more time to develop other hobbies such as traveling, painting, volunteering, spending time with family, and perhaps learning a new language.

Winterton will continue teaching 40 private students, which is a "full-time job" in itself. She will also continue in her committee participation.


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