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Greetings from beautiful Montana!


I'm so excited about this upcoming tour to the Northwest -

Flyers with more information are available on each date in the Calendar section.

It will be wonderful to play with my beloved musician friends - Beth Youngblood, Crystal Reeves, and Tami Pallingston. And it will be equally wonderful to see so many of you along the way.


Please pass these dates on to your friends, too. We'd love to have full houses for these concerts! You can send them the links or pdfs from my website calendar and home page. Some of you have been sending contacts for radio stations, newspapers, etc. It all helps, keep 'em coming!


BELLINGHAM, WA THUR. FEB. 27, 7:30 PM ROEDER HOME

KIRKLAND, WA FRI. FEB. 28, 7:30 PM NORTHLAKE UU

OLYMPIA, WA SAT. MAR. 1, 8 PM TRADITIONS CAFE

PORTLAND, OR SUN. MAR. 2, 4:30 PM HOUSE CONCERT

CORVALLIS, OR THUR. MAR. 6, 7 PM UU SINGALONG

CORVALLIS, OR FRI. MAR. 7, 7:30 PM UU FELLOWSHIP

ASHLAND, OR SAT. MAR. 8, 7:30 PM UCC ASHLAND

ROSEBURG, OR SUN. MAR. 9, 2 PM UU FELLOWSHIP



And . . . coming up next Saturday in Helena - a great day of singing for women!

Check my website for details and to register.

GATHER THE JOY (3rd Annual) - HELENA, MT SAT. FEB. 1, 10 AM - 4 PM ST. PAUL'S CHOIR ROOM


Other spring dates which may be of interest to you . . .

MISSOULA, MT SUN. MAR. 16, 10 AM MISSOULA UU FELLOWSHIP WORSHIP SERVICE

HELENA, MT TUE. APRIL 1, 5:30 PM HELENA WOMEN'S CHORUS SINGS AT GROW LOCAL EVENT

WILLITS, CA APRIL 2-5 VOICE-CENTERED EDUCATION AT BROOKSIDE SCHOOL

HEALDSBURG, CA APRIL 11-14 WOMEN MAKING MUSIC SPRING RETREAT

HELENA, MT SUN.. MAY 11, 2 PM MONTANA WOMEN'S CHORUS FUNDRAISER FOR MONTANA WOMEN'S MURAL PROJECT - location tba - probably ST. PAULS UNITED METHODIST



Just a few more thoughts in addition to the calendar listings . . .


It has been one month since Christmas and it's hard to believe all that has happened. Amazing how life spins at an accelerated rate these days.

December 2013

Katie and I spent the holidays in Seattle with her son and daughter-in-law and 5-year-old grandson Kai-Biko. It's hard to describe the joy of teaching the card game "Steal the Old Man's Pack" and leading him to sing and play keyboard on ""Short'nin' Bread" and "Hot Cross Buns." We were also delighted to meet up with longtime friends to catch up on hugs and smiles, the kind of thing that doesn't transmit so easily via email, or even Skype.

January 2014

We stopped in Lewiston, Idaho, to pick up the Speaking Volumes exhibit (www.speakingvolumes.net), which Katie curated and continues to oversee along with the Montana Human Rights Network. This was my second big trip in my part time career as an art exhibit truck driver and involved driving over Lolo Pass in a light snowstorm. Whew!

In Missoula on Saturday, January 4, I played and sang for the memorial service of my cousin Bill Thornby at St. Paul Lutheran Church. It was good to see family on this day, to celebrate his life, and connect with many of his friends.

A fun musical sidelight was the opportunity to play tango music at Benny's Restaurant in Helena on Saturday, January 11, with Phil Robison on bandoneon and Ellie Parker on violin. I love playing that music and it's great to have a chance to play piano.

But on another sad note, my/our dear friend Margaret Poore, Convocation attendee, Summersing camper, and Montana Women's Chorus member passed away from ovarian cancer on Thursday, January 16. I led a UU memorial service for her on the following Monday in Helena. We celebrated her life and mourned her passing with an hour and a half of readings, stories, and music. If you'd like to read my sermon and see her the beautiful program her sister Pam designed, follow this link: http://www.judyfjell.com/sermons.htm?_p=Y

I am enjoying my students, as usual - I have adult guitar players and voice students and young keyboard students, singers, and guitar players. Teaching them keeps my mind nimble and my creative juices flowing.


Thanks to all of you for your ongoing support of my music-making. Please keep in touch. Don't hesitate to email or call. And I LOVE physical mail, too.


Keep singing - Judy



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