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ATOS Chapter Meeting featuring Judy Matarelli on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ
May 19, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pmFree
A FREE show at the Alabama Theatre, featuring guest artist Judy Matarelli from Joliet, IL. Come and see the wonderful Alabama Theatre and enjoy the enchanting sounds of Bertha, as Judy plays the Mighty Wurlitzer for your enjoyment.
Music has always been a big part of Judy’s life. Early piano, organ and voice lessons; majoring in Music Education at Eastern Illinois University; and a Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois in Music Education; all led to a 34 year career of teaching music to all age groups.
Judy had her choirs participate in festivals in St. Louis, Nashville, Northwestern University, Washington, DC and Walt Disney World. She directed Jr. High Productions of Annie, Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof and Music Man. Besides teaching music, Judy played the organ for church for 39 years.
Since retiring, Judy spends much of her time enjoying theatre organ socials and conventions; going to the Lyric Opera; Goodman and Drury Lane theatres; singing in church choir; singing in the Elizabethans Madrigal group; and of course playing the organ. Travel is a big part of her life and since she retired she has traveled to Italy, Spain, Sicily, Egypt, Russia, Dubai, UAE, all over the USA and she’s taken many cruises.
Judy is very thankful to have a wonderful family. Mom, (Faye Wheeler) is still very active and also enjoys traveling (especially to organ get-togethers!). Her children are both married and living on the East Coast. Her daughter, Jill, is a Professor of Theatre at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. Her son, Paul, lives in Brooklyn, NY and works in digital advertising in NYC. Although there are no grandchildren yet, two granddogs are now part of the family.
For Judy, music has been a passion as well as a career. Classical to pop it fills her life. The late Kay McAbee was her teacher and friend and she is always grateful for his amazing talent and contributions to the Theater Organ World.
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