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Joanne Masters Resident of Alamo, CA. Joanne Bingaman Masters died on Sept. 10, 2013. Born in Latrobe, PA. on Sept. 14, 1926. Blessed with a lovely soprano voice, she took voice and piano lesson while growing up there. At the University of Alabama, she earned a BM in voice, at Columbia University, an MA and M.Edu. She was a vocal and drama coach for chiildren's operettas, soloist on radio, and many other venues, including the Christian Science Church. She taught voice and piano and adjudicated in New York, New Jersey, Texas and California. In Japan, (1950's), she designed the Music curriculum for the Allied Schools, taught Music and English for the Far Eastern Command, documented Japanese children's folk music, and began an American-Japanese Cultural exchange. Founding the National Guild of Piano Teachers in the East Bay in 1992, she remained involved until her death. She supported all the performing arts and was an avid reader. Her loving smile will be missed by her daughter Charla, son-in-law Konrad Hofstetter of Zurich, Switzerland, grand-daughters Irene and Brianna Hofstetter, 'extended' family and many friends. Memorial donation: American College Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1807, Austin, TX. 78767, or CCMTAC %120 Fulham Ct. San Ramon, CA 94583
Published in Contra Costa Times on Nov. 10, 2013
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