Jana S. Witte Memorial Orchestra Scholarship


Jana S. Witte attained her Master of Music Education while teaching junior high vocal music for fifteen years. She directed church adult choirs and bell choirs, community theater choruses, and accompanied countless solo and ensemble groups performing for state contests. She also provided private instruction in voice, piano, and strings in her home. Pursuing coursework in Suzuki piano and voice certification, she expanded her knowledge and discovered innovative teaching techniques to share with her students.

Although Jana spent only one year on staff at Pleasant Valley High School, she left the indelible mark of her high spirits and caring on the hearts of all the students and staff she encountered. Her final year as a teacher was an appropriate final chapter of a life dedicated to the profession she loved.

Since 2009, three scholarships are given to graduating seniors from Pleasant Valley High School who excel in the areas of band, vocal, or orchestral music. The recipients must also desire to continue studying and performing music in college. It is the family’s hope that the recipients of these scholarships utilize their musical gifts to enrich their lives and the lives of all those around them, keeping Jana’s spirit alive.

"The Community Foundation gave me the opportunity to give to the most people possible."

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