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JoAnn Hebing

Director & Santiam Chorus Liaison

Education:  BA from Occidental College in 1959; various graduate courses ensued.

Professional Experience:  Taught music in Los Angeles City Schools from 1959-1960.  Became a church organist in 1959 and taught private piano lessons.  Stayed home and had 3 children from 1960-1963.  Substituted in music and classroom from 1963-1966; taught 1966-1967, continuing as organist and giving private piano lessons.

Moved to Honolulu, Hawai’I, in 1967.  Accompanist for choirs and chapel organist until 1969, moved

back to California and substituted until moving back to Hawai’I in 1970 permanently.  Became a full-time teacher in 1970  (classroom and then music), church organist, Sweet Adeline member and future director, member of various quartets.

Husband’s sabbatical in Colorado in 1974-75: took various music courses, became substitute organist and volunteer in music in elementary school.  Returned to teaching position in Honolulu until 1988, including church organist, Sweet Adeline director and quartet member.

Moved to Oregon in 1989, became choir director and organist (including children’s choir, handbell choir, handbell ensemble, handchime choir, orchestra) for 14 years.  Retired from the church in @2003 and started the Santiam Community Chorus in @2004.  Continued volunteering in music in the schools for another 7 years as teacher of choral music and accompanist.  Became a board member of H2A, official title being Community Outreach Coordinator (or CORD) and SKATE, an organization to get a skate park in Mill City.

Retired from the chorus in 2003, but have continued as accompanist, assistant and mentor, as well as retiring as volunteer teacher in the schools. I have been an accompanist for Missoula Children’s Theatre for @15 years and accompanist for school musicals, which I plan to continue.  Have been playing in a string quartet for 10 years, taking up the cello as a new instrument but not very successfully!!!

Main emphasis in life now is the family farm and husband of 56 years.


JoAnn Hebing
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