Janet Mann
1937 - 2021
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Janet C. Mann

1937 ~ 2021

A great light has gone out of the universe. Sounds like a cliché, but as I contemplate my wife, my companion of the last 36 years, it is all true. Brilliant, talented, kind, loving, beautiful, Janet leaves behind son Steve (Janine) daughter Susan, bonus sons Justin (Angela) and Benjamin (Jen) and bonus daughter Sandy.

She also leaves behind husband, Michael Kalm and grandchildren, Nick, Nathan (Hayley), Eric, Lucas Mann; Beau, Caitlin and Allegra Imhoff; Matthew, Alex, Nathan and Lucas Kalm – and innumerable friends and students all of whose hearts she touched, all of whose souls she influenced.

Janet was a professor of music at the University of Utah. She not only founded the division of piano pedagogy, she was one of the true pioneers of her time.

Her heart was with Broadway music, and she starred in dozens of regional theaters from MUNI Opera in St. Louis, to Midland Michigan to HUCC here in Salt Lake City. When Janet sang "Not Since Ninevah" for Michael's family, Michael's Aunt Frieda's jaw dropped and she exclaimed, "Now THAT'S a voice that belongs on Broadway. Janet also starred in acapella groups and was the founder of "Serendipity," which has performed all over Salt Lake Valley.

Janet was a brilliant classical pianist as well, ranging in diverse composers from Beethoven to Brahms to Charles Ives, and of course to Chopin. When Janet and Michael put on their musical-psychiatric presentation on Chopin, from San Francisco to Minnesota, to Scottsdale, to Jacksonville, to the Sibelius Academy in Kuopia Finland, a learned European gentleman in the audience said, "I've heard Vladimir Horowitz play Chopin, but THIS is the way Chopin would want to be played. Son Justin recalls one of his great pleasures was going to bed at night, being soothed by the sounds of Chopin coming from the next room. He LOVED hearing her practice!

Janet took time out to accompany sons Justin in vocal music and Benjamin with the French horn and daughter Sandy on the flute. In fact, Janet has always been incredibly loving and generous to family, students and friends.

As if music was not enough, she was also a talented artist especially in watercolors, with an amazing eye for color and shading.

Janet has always to loved to travel and has visited over 100 countries, sometimes in very rough conditions. This was especially remarkable as severe scoliosis of her spine meant that she was frequently in severe pain which she toughed her way through.

Michael, who has never been a traditional religious believer, nonetheless takes heart in the wisdom of Jack Miles, editor of the Norton Anthology of Religion, who said, "It seems that we cannot know what life is until we know the entirety of what the universe is including dark matter, dark energy, the possibility of multiple universes where different physical laws obtain, [including multiple dimensions]. And certainly, we understand death as the deprivation of life. But if we don't really understand what life is, then we don't understand what the deprivation of life is. So that means that death itself, which is taken sometimes to be the one certainty, to me is not a certainty. It's a mystery, and as Rabelais (16th century Renaissance man) said in famous final words, 'je pars pour les grand peut-etre. I part for the great maybe.' I [too, will] leave this world for the great maybe."

My hopes rest in those words, that somewhere there is a great maybe where Janet's exquisitely beautiful soul continues to exist, to perceive and to be with us. I know for sure she remains in all of our hearts.

At a future date, to be determined, we will have a celebration of life for Janet. Arrangements are entrusted to Starks Funeral Parlor. Please share your memories and photos with her family at www.starksfuneral.com.

P.S. Janet's death was caused by a sudden massive heart attack, exacerbated by a Covid infection with the Delta variant that broke through her vaccination. Please, please, get vaccinated and wear masks. Save your loved ones, and the loved ones of others.
Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from Aug. 25 to Sep. 4, 2021.
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Janet honored me with allowing me to be a "leading man" to her starring role in an "APPLAUSE" production at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City in 1981. I shall remember you Jan, for sharing and embellishing la joie de vivre in the Park City of the 1970's and 1980's. Thank you for producing and conducting our little chorale. We may not have met your expectations but we made some good sounds and spread more than a modicum of good cheer. Mike , you were the best man; the perfect life partner for Janet. Your lives, when joined seemed to explode with creativity and adventure. I always considered you a most admired couple. My sincere condolences to you and your family.
Robert Toy
September 4, 2021
Julie and John Wright-Costa
September 3, 2021
Jan Mann (as I knew her) was a friend, advisor, teacher and more. I met her in musical theatre in Park City and had many occasions to for great chats and fun at her house and mine. These continued as lunch occasions when we were both at the University of Utah. I will forever be in awe of her as a friend, colleague, wife, mother....all and always with grace, talent, cheer, and generosity. Love you dear friend, Katherine
Katherine Reynolds Chaddock
September 3, 2021
Dear Michael and family, We are so saddened to learn of Janet's passing. She was truly, as you wrote, a light in the universe. Although our family had more personal history with you, we fondly remember her greeting us warmly when we would run into the two of you at Deer Valley concerts, as if she had known us always. Also, we were very fortunate to have experienced the Creativity and Madness presentation you and Janet so amazingly portrayed. You are in our hearts. Love, The Rishe Family
Harvey & Sharon Rishe
September 1, 2021
I believe Jan and I became acquainted in the early 80's - possibly through something at the Egyptian Theatre. Although I don't remember the details of our meeting, I do remember how flattered I was to be invited to join "The Jan Mann Singers." I especially loved performing during the Christmas season. We rehearsed at her Park City home ~ she directed us in a professional manner, but we became friends, one and all. One of my favorite memories of that time was performing at the Balloon Festival! So many beautifully colored balloon canopies and positive/excited energy surrounded us that day. Serendipity was my last musical adventure with Jan, but our friendship and an occasional lunch date or phone call kept us in touch. I love you, Jan, and believe that your positive essence will remain to help us through these difficult feelings of loss . . .
Mary Alice Cunningham
August 31, 2021
A portrait of Janet hangs on the wall of the entry to Gardner Concert Hall, honoring her founding of the piano pedagogy department at the University of Utah School of Music and reminding students and concertgoers of the fruits of her creativity, vision, practice and more practice. And well do we remember her exquisite playing joining Michael´s psychiatric insights in their duet, presenting the life and music of Chopin beyond Gardner Hall and the state´s and country´s borders to wide acclaim, delighting and fascinating music lovers. It was also evident that she delighted and fascinated Michael. Many a performance major can attest to her teaching not only how to play music but how to feel it and express it. Sitting on the piano bench with her some have told us was a career-shaping privilege. As Abravanel Hall seatmates we enjoyed her expert perspective on performers, and her propensity to complement rather than criticize after Michael was first and loudest in the audience to belt out unequivocally, "Bravo!" Because we did not experience a significant part of her artistry, we hope the Broadway voice was recorded and the paintings were framed. Michael, don´t give up your seat, or your memories of the light of your life. A symphony of sympathies to you and your talented kids.
Lou and Debbie Moench
August 31, 2021
How awful, Michael. I am so sorry. I will make sure to tell Kristina H. And I hope I will see you sometime soon in person.
Meredith Alden
August 30, 2021
All my love Michael. May your memories of wonderful days past help now and always.
Pete Nicholas
August 30, 2021
Our deepest sympathies and condolences on the loss of Janet. I remember her growing up on Crestview Drive in Summit Park. She was intelligent and kind. A wonderful portrait of a remarkable woman.
Jeff & Cindy Hunt
August 29, 2021
Colin King
August 29, 2021
Janet was a joy to her many friends and admirers. She shared her musical talent with so many people! I loved being in one of her "Musicals" she produced at Holladay UnitedChurch of Christ! I will miss her friendship and music
Ruby Hammel
August 28, 2021
Janet was a joy to everyone around her! She shared her remarkable music talent in so many areas and venues. I loved being in one of her Musical productions at Holladay United Church of Christ. I will miss her and her friendship!
Ruby Hammel
August 28, 2021
Mike- my heart broke when I heard about Janet, but your beautiful tribute to her painted an extraordinary portrait of the remarkable woman she was- and still is- to everyone who knew her. may you know and feel of the love and esteem from the many whose lives you both have touched over these many years.
paige de mille
August 26, 2021
Janet was my piano teacher, mentor and friend for the last 44 years. I started studying piano with her at age 11. I didn't know at the time the influence she would have on my life's path. Her example and mentoring made me who I am today. She was my "Life Shaper" and I will always be grateful for her influence in my life. I will miss her greatly.
Gretchen Tanner
August 26, 2021
I am so shocked and saddened to learn Janet has left us. We worked together at the SOM for many years and I watched her build the Pedagogy Program and Preparatory Division. She was brilliant, a talented musician and always cared about the students. She was my mentor, friend and colleague. I am so grateful she shared part of her life with me. She was an angel among us. I will miss her. Sending much love to Michael and hoping his memories will help heal the hole in his heart. "Our heart remembers most what it has loved best."
Merla Little
August 26, 2021
Hendrix, Aiya & Parkin Family
August 25, 2021
We are so sad for your - and our - loss of dear Janet. So talented, so remarkable. Devastating loss for Michael and all your children. We send our love and condolences.
Colin and Wendy King
August 25, 2021
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