Janet Whitcomb Pummill began a new career in June, 2018, as Senior Organist of University Christian Church of Fort Worth after retiring in the spring of 2018 from the faculty of the School of Music, Texas Christian University. Her 29 year position upon retirement was Associate Professor of Professional Practice and Coordinator of Collaborative Piano. Throughout her career she played hundreds of undergraduate, graduate, Artist Diploma and faculty recitals in addition to countless choral concerts and conventions and workshops. She has achieved a national reputation and has been in great demand as accompanist, collaborative and solo artist throughout the country for concerts, recitals, conventions, and honor and all-state choirs. She has had wide acclaim for her accompanying skills by many conductors including the late Robert Shaw. The late Paul Salamunovich has written, “Janet epitomizes the perfect choral accompanist.” Dr. Z. Randall Stroope calls her “the top of the top shelf.” Mrs. Pummill has had five of her choral compositions premiered by the New York Pops in Carnegie Hall and has accompanied for the American High School Honors Performance Series in Carnegie Hall.
Mrs. Pummill’s accompaniments and arrangements are featured in numerous CDs distributed in schools nationwide in the Silver Burdett Ginn Making Music series. She sang with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers for several seasons including the final institute gathering in Gramat, France as well as the Desert Chorale of Santa Fe.
Janet and her three daughters tour as a performing ensemble of four pianos and four voices entitled ClaviVoce. Her degrees are from the University of North Texas and the University of Illinois.