Janice Giteck - Composer
Whidbey Island

Teacher and Activist

Humerous Bhudda

Giteck's focus as an educator/community activist began in the 1970's when on the faculty at UC, Berkeley, 1974-76; serving as Music Director for KPFA Pacifica Radio in Berkeley 1978-79, and Music Director at the Oakland Museum as a curator of bi-monthly music events 1975-77. She was also co-director of the Port Costa Players, which produced over 200 new-music/theater events at colleges, theaters, community centers, schools throughout the western states and a European tour 1972-79. In 1975 Giteck was composer-in-residence at the Southeastern Alaska Fine Arts Summer Program for Youth and from 1976-79 she was composer-in-residence for the City of Berkeley's Cazadero Music and Arts Summer Program. She also served as a visiting professor at California State University in Hayward 1974 and later at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma 1983. She continues to lead a Summer Composition Intensive for young, young composers at Cornish, now in its 7th year.

Giteck served on the Board of Directors of American Music Center, 2001-2007; the Advisory Board of Washington Composers Forum, 1999-2008; and the Board of Music Northwest (a Seattle based performance/education non-profit) 2003-present. She has also served on advisory and review panels for the Bush Foundation of St. Paul, MN, Meet-The-Composer, National Endowment for the Arts Music Programs, Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Program, American Composers Forum, Arts Midwest, METRO Arts, King County Arts Commission.

Working directly in-community, Giteck combined teaching, psychology and composing while a music specialist at Seattle Mental Health Institute, 1986-91. Giteck was also one of four lead artists for ARTP (Artist's Regional Transit Project) a performance/media collective work sponsored by the Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle (Metro) 1992-93. Over the past twenty years Giteck has held numerous artist residences in regional schools, focused on issues of multi-lingual communication and curricula. Notable amongst these were projects at Echo Glenn Children's Center,Washington State Correctional Facility, resulting in “Navigating the Light;” and at Sacajawea Elementary School featuring ESL students, comprised of speakers of 22 first languages, resulting in “One Land, Many Voices.” (a live event and film documentary).

As a teacher, Janice has taught students individually from age 7-87, and in classes, workshops, and on-site residencies. As a Professor of Music at Cornish College of the Arts, since 1979, she has taught the following classes


Theory and Musicianship

Creative Performance

Academic, Artistic and Administrative Engagements