Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Jeanie Gaudette
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Jeanie Gaudette is a registered nurse and the mother of four children (Angelique, Lucas, Nicholas and Danielle) who have participated in the Wayzata strings program from kindergarten or first grade through twelfth grade. Jeanie has been an organizational force within the Wayzata Orchestra Boosters and has worked tirelessly at every level within the organization since her children first entered the program. She has served as chairwoman of the organization for a number of years, a position she was planning to leave in the spring of 2004 when her youngest child graduated high school. Three of her four children have gone on to pursue the study of music at the university level and at the time of this writing it appeared that Dani, a high school senior, would also choose a course of study in viola performance. After the arrival of the Gaudettes' third child Jeanie chose to stay at home for several years, an option made possible because Jeanie owned and operated a vegetable stand based in the family garage and ran a Christmas boutique. While the children were young, the family spent summers camping around the U.S. and Jeanie served as a leader for both boy and girl scouts. Later on, a highlight of summer vacation for the children was attending to the Mankato String Conference sponsored for the American String Teachers Association. In 1997 Jeanie returned to critical care nursing at Fairview University Medical Center, worked as a medical sales representative for a short time, and returned to Fairview where she served as a nurse manager of the critical and acute care float pool. In addition, she was attending night school to work on a degree in Heath Care Management. Jeanie made no claim to a musical background, but believed her musical education and appreciation have come by way of her children's experiences. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Jeanie discusses the public school music participation of each of her four children, describes other music activities which have reinforced the strong school program, describes the studies of her children since high school and her own extensive volunteer work with the orchestra boosters. Because she has been affiliated with the Wayzata string program since 1985, she is able to describe various structural changes within the district, the debate about the string offering for kindergarteners and the controversies over the digital day schedule for elementary string lessons and the parent attendance requirement. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: Angie Gaudette is present at the beginning of the interview.
Quantity 1.5 hours sound cassette
26 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:14:29 running time
Creation Interviewer: Weber, Lynne
Interviewee: Gaudette, Jeanie
Made in Plymouth, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Plymouth, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 01/04/2001
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 109
Accession Number AV2007.12.9
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project'

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