The Magic of Manatee is proud to announce our new Music Director, Janice Wagner. Janice graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music, and has been teaching music for over 25 years to K-12 students in Ohio, Indiana and Florida. Janice succeeds Stephen Ditchfield who led the chorus for the past four years.
Janice sang with the Pride of Toledo Chorus and the Spirit of Detroit Chorus, of which she later became the Associate Director. While Associate Director, they placed 13th at the International Competition.
Janice directed Towns of Harmony Chorus for five years in Fort Wayne, Indiana. While there, she won the Novice Director Award at their Sweet Adelines Regional Contest. Also while in Fort Wayne, Janice directed the Summit City Men's Barbershop Chorus group for four years.
Janice currently teaches full-time at Carlos E. Haile Middle School in Bradenton, Florida. This year, she will reintroduce the chorus program to grades 6-8 with the hope of building passion and talent in the musical arts. Janice resides with her partner of 17 years in Lakewood Ranch.