Janice L. Hutton is a resident of Easley, SC. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Houghton College in Houghton, NY and a Master of Arts degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She completed additional graduate work in string pedagogy at the following institutions: Suzuki Institute at Ithaca College; SUNY at Buffalo; Bob Jones University; Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University; and Villanova University and VanderCook College of Music. Janice has also completed the ASTA String Teachers Enrichment Program; and the ASTA Certificate Advancement Program Adjudicators Training. Recently, she became a NoteFlight Learn Certified Educator.
Her love for music was nurtured during elementary school in Flint, Michigan, when she began studying piano and violin. She participated in the Flint Youth Orchestras from fifth through twelfth grade. She was also played percussion in the Flint Northern High School concert and marching band. She attended Interlocken and New England Music Camp. During college and grad school she studied with Eldon E. Basney, John Andrews, William Hayden, Stanley Chepaitis and Delight Malitsky.
Mrs. Hutton has been actively teaching strings since 1981. She began her current position as Orchestra Director at Greer Middle School in 2014. Before teaching at Greer Middle, she taught for 12 years in the string department at Bob Jones University and the pre-college string program. She was also an adjunct string professor at Anderson University and Erskine College. During her years of teaching, she has established a successful private studio teaching strings and piano; directed and assisted youth summer camps; organized and directed school orchestra programs; adjudicated youth music festivals and competitions and has been a clinician at numerous education conferences and string workshops. In 2016, she conducted the Jr. Orchestra for the Oconee County, All County Orchestra Festival. Under her direction, her students and ensembles have consistently earned top ratings at music competitions and festivals and college auditions. She served as SC ASTA president from 2012-2014 and she maintains professional affiliations with NAfME and SCMEA.
Janice enjoys teaching students of all ages and inspiring them to discover and develop a joy and interest in music.
She is excited to be part of the GCYO staff. As conductor for the Prelude Orchestra, she looks forward to encouraging young musicians to develop their musicianship skills with an emphasis on the enjoyment of playing together to the highest possible standard.