Jane was first attracted to the guitar as a young child. After discovering a guitar in her parent’s closet, Jane would spend hours listening to music and pretending to play the guitar. Upon realizing her keen interest in music, Jane’s parents signed her up for guitar lessons. Jane excelled as her hard work and dedication made her the most advanced student at L&L Music Studio. At the age of sixteen, Jane was hired by her guitar instructor, Harold Loeffelholz, to teach at the studio.
Jane’s skill and enthusiasm with the guitar further developed as she played lead guitar in a local band, The Aardvarks, which became exceedingly popular in the tri-state area.
After graduation from high school, Jane continued teaching guitar while attending college. Jane also enhanced her solo dexterity as she began freelance performing. Jane first realized her intrinsic passion for Classical Guitar after attending her first classical guitar concert performed by the Romeros.
As Jane realized her passion for the Classical Guitar, her musical goals became more pronounced; Jane wanted to become a Classical Guitarist. Jane learned the components of the Classical Guitar as she began studying recordings by Segovia. With her candid determination to master her passion, Jane taught herself how to play the Classical Guitar.
By 1984 Jane had proven herself to be a competent performer through completing the arduous audition process and being accepted by the Christopher Parkening’s Master Class. In 1996, Jane made her European debut in Rome, Italy, making public performances and performing for the highly regarded Castellani & Andreaccio Duo Master Class.
Jane also works with school students presenting Arts-in-Education programs.
Her presentations are educational and fun for students of all ages. Jane has catered her educational programs to stimulate the minds of students while creating an understanding and shared compassion for music. Jane has inspired many children to explore their own musical ambitions as well.
Jane has worked with many art councils, state and local levels; implementing Arts-in-Education programs, creating guidelines for presentations, and screening artists who wish to present Arts-in-Education programs.
Before relocating to Florida, Jane was a professor in Applied Music at West Virginia University-Parkersburg, where she has taught the guitar for 25 years.
Among Jane’s other interests are flying her Cessna Cardinal and mountain biking. As a pilot in command and member of The International Organization of Women Pilots, The 99’s Inc. Jane has logged in over 3,000 hours of flight time.