Dr. Janet Fetterman enjoys a successful piano career as a soloist, teacher, and chamber
musician. She received her bachelor's degree in piano performance from Stetson University
in central Florida under the tutelage of Dr. Michael Rickman on a full music scholarship
where she was the pianist for the touring concert choir. In addition to her rigorous
coursework and performance schedule, she maintained a large piano studio through
the continuing education program at Stetson. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1995
and was selected to perform on the commencement recital, an honor bestowed upon students
who showcase an outstanding senior recital.
Dr. Fetterman continued her education at the Conservatory of Music at the University
of Missouri-Kansas City as a student of Professor Richard Cass. While at the Conservatory
of Music, Dr. Fetterman served as a graduate teaching assistant in class piano, won
multiple competitions, including the concerto/aria competition in 1997, and won numerous
scholarships from a variety of organizations including the Kansas City Musical Club
and Sigma Alpha Iota. She continued her work in the teaching profession by creating
a studio at the Conservatory of Music and having a full complement of students, as
well as instructing undergraduate courses. In 1999 she graduated with her master’s
degree in piano performance and was honored with the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Outstanding
Graduate Assistant award by the Conservatory of Music. Dr. Fetterman decided to
continue her musical education with Professor Cass and began work on a Doctorate
of Musical Arts.
While pursuing her doctorate, Dr. Fetterman continued her teaching, enjoying a large
and successful studio at the Conservatory. She was an active educator as well as
a performer during her studies at the Conservatory where in 2004, Dr. Fetterman received
a Doctorate of Musical Arts with an emphasis in performance as one the final students
of Professor Richard Cass. After graduating from the Conservatory, Dr. Fetterman
continued to both perform and teach. Over the years, she has premiered multiple
works for composers, including in October 2004 being the featured pianist with the
Kansas City Civic Orchestra in the North American Premiere of “The Queen Symphony.”
In May of 2002 during her doctoral studies, she formed the Roo Duo which had amazing
success, winning the prestigious bi-annual Ellis national competition in South Carolina.
This competition, sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs, took place
in the spring of 2003, less than a year after the founding the duo team. At the
Ellis competition, the Roo Duo also won the Abild American Music Award for the best
performance of American music. With this prestigious win, the Roo Duo was managed
by the National Federation of Music Clubs, which allowed the duo team to concertize
throughout the United States for two years. The Roo Duo performed the world premier
of Benjamin Lees’ “Tableau for Duo Piano” at the National Federation of Music Club’s
convention in Nashville. The Roo Duo’s success also included winning the Concerto
Competition at UMKC, enabling them to perform with the university orchestra. In
addition, the Roo Duo released an album of their concert repertoire. Even while
enjoying the success of the Roo Duo, Dr. Fetterman continued her solo career and
won the Graduate Performance Award at the centennial celebration of Sigma Alpha Iota
at their National Convention in Michigan. In 2005, she released her second CD featuring
solos and duets with another Richard Cass student, Jerry Pope.
Over the years, her performances have taken her not only across the country, but
also to Europe. She has been the piano accompanist for the United States Youth Ensembles
which regularly tours Europe, including performances in Germany, Austria, France,
Switzerland, and the Netherlands. On the solo scene, she has performed with the
Kansas City Symphony and was the featured soloist with the Medical Arts Symphony.
After graduating from UMKC with her degree, Dr. Fetterman founded her own private
piano studio, which has a large number of students covering a wide range of ages.
In addition to her active performing and teaching career, Dr. Fetterman is a sought
after adjudicator in both Kansas and Missouri. She is a member of several musical
organizations, including Pi Kappa Lambda, Sigma Alpha Iota, Kansas City Music Teachers
Association, and served on the UMKC Alumni Board. Dr. Fetterman is also a lifetime
member of the National Federation of Music Clubs. For the past 14 years, she has
served as the pianist, accompanist, and even organist at Holmeswood Baptist Church.
Most recently, in addition to her solo performances, Dr. Fetterman has established
a duo piano collaboration with Elizabeth Grace and concertizes to enthralled audiences
in the greater Kansas City area.