Jeanne Palmer, board member

“The ability to make beautiful music is a wonderful gift. Ken, Julie and my family of choristers make that possible. The chorus enriches my life in so many ways.”

When Jeanne and her husband retired in 2005, they looked for a place near their two sons who live in the Bay Area. They loved Nevada City and all that it offered and built a retirement home. Jeanne was looking forward to realizing a dream she had always had but never found the time to fulfill, singing. She played instruments in her youth, piano, percussion and the oboe, but had never gotten around to singing. She promptly signed up for a voice class at Sierra College, met Ken Hardin and started taking voice lessons. She joined Sierra Master Chorale in 2011 as an Alto 2, became section leader in 2012 and Membership Chair in 2013. Jeanne has been on the Coordinating Committee for 6 years and is currently on the Search Committee and in her second year as Chair of the Chorus. “The ability to make beautiful music is a wonderful gift. Ken, Julie and my family of choristers make that possible. The chorus enriches my life in so many ways.”

Jeanne grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota. Shortly after marrying, she and her anthropologist/linguist husband traveled to Africa to spend a year in a village 50 miles south of Mombasa, Kenya. They have also spent time in Guatemala, the Philippines and and the Shuswap Indian Reservation in British Columbia. Jeanne pursued graduate studies in human nutrition, received her Master’s degree from Washington State University, and started working for the Clark County Health Department, located in Southern Nevada and including the Las Vegas area. Over twenty years and as Manager, she built the small, two person Health Education department into the current Chronic Disease Prevention, Health Promotion Department. Her tenure included both legislative and evidence based programming success in the areas of tobacco control, drowning prevention, school based health and nutrition.

In addition to singing in the Sierra Master Chorale, she also sings in the Lake Wildwood Women’s Chorus where she is a member of the A Capella small group. She loves spending time with her family including her 4 grandchildren, loves the outdoors and was a docent at Bridgeport for many years, likes to garden, belongs to a book group, is politically active and has been Jazzercising every morning for over 30 years. Her next goal is to write a book about her Africa experiences