Monday, Dec. 2nd at 1:00: Janet will be part of a musical team presenting Christmas music for a
special PEO event. All 5 Marshalltown chapters will meet for this special holiday program at First
United Methodist Church.
Janet takes about 12 lessons a year from Cedar Rapids Harpist Gretchen Brumwell.
The harp is included in a couple of combo groups that lead worship at First United
Methodist Church in Marshalltown. Upcoming dates are May 20th and June 10th.
Aug. 26, 2018: The Jubilee Accordion Trio performed during the annual packaging event at
First United Methodist Church. by the way, 30,000 Mac and cheese meals were made; perhaps the
accordion music moved it all along a bit....
Aug. 25, 2018: Janet played a lovely local wedding at St. Henry's here in Marshalltown.
Aug. 2, 2018: "Songs of Nature" harp concert including history, structure, sound and any other
anecdotes that seem interesting. Judy Erion played flute on a couple of songs; dancers waltzed during
"A Waltz for Dreaming." The final song was an original written for the Camac electric blue harp in honor
of the tornado which passed close to Janet's home on July 19. 230 people were in attendance at this concert
held at the Leonard Grimes Amphitheater at the Grimes Farm Nature Center. To read blog, click here.
July 31, 2018: Janet Played harp at Bickford Cottage for their grand re-opening.
July 5, 2018: Janet gave a presentation on the harp including the history, the
structure, the sound and any other anecdotes that seem interesting at the YMCA of the Rockies
in Estes Park, CO.
June 10, 2018: Janet played the Camac electric blue harp with the combo at First United Methodist
April 1 (Easter) 2018: Janet played harp with the combo at First United Methodist Church in
Feb. 14, 2018: Janet played the Camac harp with the combo at church.
Feb 6, 2018: Home concert on the harp for the Hawthorne Club in Marshalltown.
Jan. 7, 2018: Harp music during a special Covenant Service at First United Methodist Church
Dec. 24, 2017: Janet played harp for the 2 Christmas Eve services at Hyde Chapel at the
YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO.
|I played harp for the prelude at both Christmas Eve services at Hyde Chapel at YMCA of the Rockies. It was a marvelous opportunity to serve a different group of worshippers...|
Dec. 18, 2017: The Jubilee Accordion Trio again played at the doorway of the M'town
Hy-Vee for Salvation Army. Then on to the Retired Teachers' Christmas Party. This was a big
Oct. 29, 2017: Janet played at some community thing... at the Orpheum Black Box.
October, 2017: Janet gave school assemblies in the Marshalltown elementary schools for Arts and
Children Together. 11 presentations were made explaining the harp, it's history, many demonstrations
and how Janet got started. This was great fun!
Sept. 16, 2017: Janet played her electric blue Camac harp for Moonlight Yaga in the Park. The
mosquitoes were so think they almost carried everyone away!
Sept. 9, 2017: Janet played harp for a wedding in Marshalltown.
Sept. 10, 2017: The Jubilee Accordion Trio played at First United Methodist's annual packaging
Aug. 23, 2017: The Jubilee Accordion Trio played at the Garwin park for the town's weekly music event.
Aug. 6-9, 2017: Janet attended Harps in the Glen - a retreat with Kim Robertson and Sunita.
July 27-31, 2017: Janet attended the Harp in Worship Conference in Littleton, CO. Kolackny Music
in Denver has picked up Janet's music to sell.
July 15, 2017: The Jubilee Accordion Trio played at the Linn Creek Art Festival.
May 21, 2017: Janet played harp for the 120th Anniversary of PEO Chapter BB.
April 22, 2017: Janet played harp for a funeral at First United Methodist Church.
March 30, 2017: The Jubilee Accordion Trio played at Bickford Assisted Living.
March 19, 2017: The Jubilee Accordion Trio played a concert at Garwin Methodist Church.
March 13, 2017: The Jubilee Accordion Trio played at Southridge.
Dec. 24, 2016: Janet played harp at this special late night Christmas Eve service.
Dec. 8, 2016: Christmas by Candlelight at First United Methodist Church. The evening featured desserts,
a speaker: Deb Nuss, a craft presentation and a couple of songs on the harp by Janet.
Dec. 2, 2016: The Jubilee Accordion Trio played at Creative Retirement here in Marshalltown.
Sept. 12, 2016: The Jubilee Accordion Trio gave a program at Bickford Assisted Living.
We included jokes and trivia and anything to brighten their day.
Sept. 17, 2016: Janet played harp for a wedding at Okoboji, Iowa. She wrote composition to play at the wedding for the special couple.
Sept.4, 2016: Janet played harp during communion at first United Methodist Church.
Aug. 28, 2016: The Jubilee Accordion Trio played at the annual First United Methodist Church's
Packaging Day. We crank out polkas and jolly tunes to keep the workers moving and happy. This year, no one paid us to quit!
Aug. 15, 2016: The Jubilee Accordion Trio gave a rousing program at a local PEO chapter.
July 16, 2016: Janet played harp at the Linn Creek Art Fair at 9:00 and the Jubilee Accordion Trio played at 10:00. It truly was the most beautiful day of the year!
June 22, 2016: The Jubilee Accordion Trio played at the Hospital for a Volunteer Recognition. Let the polkas roll...
June 18, 2016: Janet played a wedding at Grimes Nature Center, just outside of Marshalltown. This was a stunningly beautiful outdoor wedding.
May 18, 2016: Janet played a concert at Bickford Assisted Living.
March 16, 2016: Janet played harp for the annual memorial service at Gladbrook's nursing home.
March 13, 2016: Janet played with the Jubilee Accordion Trio at Garwin Methodist Church.
Feb. 11, 2016: Janet played harp at the home of Paul and Carrie Barr for the Community Foundation fundraiser.
Nov. 1, 2015: Janet played harp at First United Methodist Church's 10:00 worship service.
Nov. 1, 2015: The Accordion Trio played at Elim Lutheran Church for their annual German Supper. It was polka time!
Dec. 19, 2015: The Accordion Trio played at the Albion Library Open House.
Dec. 21, 2015: The Accordion Trio played at Hyvee to ring the bell for Salvation Army. You can hear us all through the store; people were gigging down the aisles!
Sept 20, 2015: The Accordion Trio played at First United Methodist Church during the annual Packaging
Event. The sound of accordion polkas helped the workers work faster!
Sept. 5, 2015: Janet played harp at a wedding in Golden, Colorado. The wedding was beautiful - on top of a mountain!
July 18, 2015: Janet played harp and the Trio played accordion at the Lynn Creek Art Fair.
What a hoot!
June, 2015: Janet attended the National Worship Leaders' Conference in Leawood, KS.
June 27, 2015: Janet played harp for the funeral of Blanche McKinstry
June 6, 2015 Janet played harp at the Memorial service for Leonard Grimes.
March 28, 2015: The Marshalltown Community Theater hosted a fund-raiser at the Fisher Community Center in Marshalltown. Janet played harp during the silent auction.
March 15, 2015: The Accordion trio played prelude and postlude music at First United
Methodist Church with Bill Wilson, drums and Bruce Randall, bass. We brought down the house.
Feb. 14, 2015: The Anderson Funeral Home hosted a Valentine Luncheon for Widows and Widowers
at the Tremont, downtown Marshalltown. Janet was called upon to play. It was a lovely affair and the
harp was perfect.
Dec. 24, 2014: Janet played harp for the Christmas Eve services at First United Methodist Church.
Dec. 2014: Janet played harp for the funeral of Vera Peglow - a good friend.
Dec. 13, 2014: Janet gave a harp program at the nursing home in Dysart, Iowa. This was fun! Lots of
people and food and celebration!
Marshalltown. This is the one place we are totally appropriate!
Nov. 2, 2014: Janet played harp during communion at First United Methodist Church in Marshalltown. The sound of the harp during times of prayer and meditation is wonderful and people seem to feel the Presence of God. It's a real honor to play during communion.
Oct. 11, 2014: Janet played harp for Rita Clark's wedding - out in a field! I was truly outstanding in my field...
Oct. 2, 2014: Janet played harp at the Sheep's Stockings (a yarn shop downtown Marshalltown.)
Sept. 28: The Accordion Trio played at First United Methodist Church for their Packaging Event. Only one person made a donation to make them quit...
Sept. 29, 2014: A first! Janet played harp, piano and accordion for a funeral in Dixon, Illinois.
July 19, 2014: Janet played accordion at the Lynn Creek Art Fair - on stage!
June 27, 2014: Janet played harp at the library. The event was a reception for Mary Giese's retirement from the Arts and culture Alliance. What a great event with a great turn-out!
June 5-8, 2014: Janet sang at the Gala - on stage at the Martha Ellen Tye Theater. She sang "Do-Re-Mi' with 5 of the orphan girls from "Annie." What fun to get the girls together again!
April 25, 2014: The Accordion Trio played at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Algona, Iowa. Janet's mother lives there! Mom thought this was a dream come true!
April 18, 2014: Janet played harp before and during the Good Friday service at First United Methodist Church in Marshalltown.
April 16, 2014: Janet gave a harp program at the Marshalltown Christian School. She gave her testimony and shared her favorite scripture and blogs. The children seemed fascinated with the harp and program.
March 26, 2014: The Accordion Trio played a program at the Iowa River Church of the Brethren. The ladies' group was enjoying a salad luncheon. We had them singing and clapping and having a
grand time. Our light-hearted program was enjoyed by all.
March 20, 2014: Janet presented a program at the Albion Library for their "Live at the Library" music event. There were not many people there, but those that were were totally entertained and purchased CDs!
Feb. 7, 2014: The Accordion Trio played at Bickford House. This was quite jolly and everyone seemed to enjoy our little program.
Jan. 25, 2014: Janet played harp at the Bestmann funeral at First United Methodist Church
in Marshalltown, Iowa.
Dec. 24, 2013: Janet played harp during communion time at the Christmas Eve Service at
First United Methodist Church, Marshalltown, Iowa.
Dec. 19, 1:00 - 3:00: The Accordion Trio strikes again! We played and rang the bell for
the Salvation Army bucket collections at Hy-vee in Marshalltown.
Dec. 14, 2013: The Marshalltown Public Library hosted a celebration and open house.
Janet played harp from 1:00 - 2:00.
The girls from "Annie" will sang Christmas carols as well as 3 songs from the musical
"Annie." The Sanctuary Singers finished the program with songs from the cantata with
the girls. This was an awesome program!
Dec. 3, 2013: Janet hosted a women's group at her home and played a harp program.
Sept. 6, 2013: Janet played harp for her niece's wedding in Kansas City. To read a blog
written about her near 'stop-the-wedding' episode, click here!
Marshalltown Community Theater presented "Annie" July 26, 27, 28, Aug. 2 and 3, 2013. This was a thrill to direct! The cast was fantastic and capable of everything thrown at them. Sold out crowds! $3035 was collected and given to Child Abuse Prevention Services! This was a big deal!
May 4, 2013: Janet played harp during communion at First United Methodist Church
(202 W. Main) in Marshalltown. This is probably one of her favorite things to do.
April 21, 2013: The accordion trio played for the 'Hymn Sing' at the First
Presbyterian Church in Marshalltown. We told jokes, played polkas and packed the house!
April 7, 2013: The accordion trio strikes again! We astounded the congregation at First United Methodist
in Marshalltown as we played the postlude. We played a medley of hymns about heaven! The pastors said
several little old ladies tried to polka in the greeting line. HA! Accordions in church! Double HA!
Feb. 20, 2013: Janet played harp and read a couple of blogs at the church's Lenten Breakfast.
There were lots of laughs (was that appropriate???). Prayer closed the event.
Feb. 14, 2013: The Video Broadcasting Class at Marshalltown community College videoed
several harp songs.
Feb. 1, 2013: Played accordion and piano at the Algona, Iowa Good Samaritan Care Center where my mom lives. My joy was seeing mom chuckle...
Dec. 24, 2012: The Christmas Eve Services at First United Methodist Church in Marshalltown were
graced with harp music during communion time.
Dec. 16, 2012: The Sanctuary Singers and Band at First United Methodist Church in
Marshalltown, Iowa presented "Hope Arriving". Also, the Alleluia Ringers played 2 songs, one of them
being "Still, Still, Still" which Janet accompanied on the harp.
Dec. 7, 2012: Janet presented a harp and accordion program for the residents at Good Samaritan in
Algona, Iowa. Janet's mother lives there! As an added feature, Janet brought her vast collection of
percussion instruments and even told Christmas jokes. A good time was had by all!
Dec. 2, 2012: Janet played "Beautiful Savior" and "Silent Night" for the
annual Community Choir Event under the direction of Pamela Grundstad. Location: Grace
Community Church, 625 South Division, Boone, Iowa. This event was a fund-raiser for Habitat for
Nov. 6, 2012: Janet presented a harp program for Marshalltown's Hawthorne Club.
October 23, 2012: Janet was part of a program for the annual Tuesday
Musical Guest Day at First United Methodist Church, 202 W. Main in Marshalltown.
October 21, 2012: Janet was part of a program for the annual Harvest Tea at
First United Methodist Church. Janet played harp songs from Israel, arranged by Sunita
Sept. 15, 2012: Janet played harp at a local wedding.
Aug. 10, 2012: Janet played harp at a special memorial service for Zolene Melvin,
a long-time Marshalltonian. 2 new arrangements were premiered for this service:
"Beautiful Savior" and "St. James' Aire."
Aug. 21, 2012: Janet delighted the residents at Villa Del Sol to a special harp program.
Aug. 5, 2012: Janet played during communion at First United Methodist Church
(202 W. Main, Marshalltown, Iowa.)
May 22, 2012: Janet delighted residents with a harp program at Villa Del Sol.
June 15, 2012: Janet played keyboard and harp for a local wedding.
March 14, 2012: Janet and Jan Randall, a good friend and excellent organist, played
piano/organ duets for the Founders' Day Brunch at Hope Methodist Church in
Marshalltown. In-between songs, Janet told jokes! There was a lot of laughter and
March 22-25, 2012: Janet, along with her husband John, attended "Beginning in the
Middle" - a national harp conference in Williamsburg, VA. She attended as many
classes and concerts as possible and gained many ideas for writing compositions and
March 17, 2012: Irish music was performed at the home of Ken and Maureen Lyons.
Ken played recorder and banjo.
March 11, 2012: Janet played the piano and harp, gave a Lenten devotion and led
prayer at The Ember Evening Vespers Service.
December 4, 2011: Janet enhanced worship time at First United Methodist Church
(202 W. Main) in Marshaltown. This is her home church where she serves as worship
leader and choir director.
May 10, 2011: Mother's Day Tea at the Conrad Nursing Home. Janet presented a
May 7, 2011: Appreciation Concert in honor of Audrey Hafar at St. Paul's Episcopal
Church, Marshalltown, Iowa. Janet and other musicians from the community gave a
April 16, 2011: Elmwood Country Club, Marshalltown, Iowa. Janet performed on
harp in the program "Hurray for Harps and Heritage" at the annual P.E.O. Founders
April 12, 2011: Westbrook Nursing Home, Gladbrook, Iowa. Janet gave a program
to recognize volunteers.
March 20, 2011: Vespers Service at the Embers, Marshalltown, Iowa. Janet played
the harp, gave a Lenten devotion, and played hymns on the piano for a very
February 26, 2011: Southridge Nursing Home, Marshalltown, Iowa. Janet treated the
residents to harp music during a special Valentine's Day dinner.
Sunday, December 12. 2010: Community Carol Sing, First Presbyterian Church on
Center Street, Marshalltown, Iowa.
Thursday, December 2, 2010: Janet gave a harp program for the First Presbyterian
Church, annual ladies' Christmas Celebration. Her new harp arrangements of The
Holly and the Ivy and Silent Night had their maiden voyage...and were well received.
Saturday, November 27. 2010: Flickinger/Luttrell Wedding at First United
Methodist Church, Marshalltown, Iowa.
Sunday, November 7. 2010: Harp program at Grinnell, Iowa Methodist Church.
Janet was featured a guest artist for their U M Women's annual fund-raiser.
Sunday, October 17. 2010: Harp program at the Community Church, Liscomb,
Iowa. Various harp tunes and testimony. This was a shared program with Joan
Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010: Clay County Fair Worship Service in the 4-H Auditorium.
This special worship service combined harp scriptures and harp tunes, along with a
look at Revelations 19's vision of heaven. Hymns about heaven were sung. A
rousing chorus of I'll Fly Away closed the service.
August 22, 2010: Okoboji, Iowa, Boat-in Service. I have never played harp on the
back end of a boat! It's quite a different feeling with the waves and all. I'm glad to
announce the harp and I did not go for a swim...
August 11-15, 2010: St Louis, MO: Attended the International Society of Folk
Harpers and Craftsmen HarpCon 2010 Convention in St. Louis, MO. I played a
couple of my original tunes during a lunch time open mic session and was warmly
April 10, 2010 - Marshalltown, IA - Arts and Children Together harp presentations in