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Jane Curtis

The world of music is a wonderful place. I entered it as a small child and grew up with the pianoand other keyboard instruments. Accordion, ukulele, banjo, and flute were side interests along the way, but discovery of the zither as a young adult changed the focus of my music life forever.  After much time and patience, the zither accepted me as performer, composer, arranger, and teacher. 

I was born and raised in the United States. My family background includes grandparents from Austria-Hungary, Saxony-Anhalt, Canada (Huguenot ancestors from France and Scotland), and ancestors who came to America in the early 17 thcentury from England. My music background includes traditional American music, classical keyboard study, and acquaintance with the music of different lands and peoples during many years of living and traveling in Europe and the Far East.  

My zither teacher was Gusti Sarkady in Germany. In the following years I have gotten to know many more zither players and zither friends in Western Europe, the British Isles, Canada, and Japan, attending international zither seminars, contributing to music publications such as Saitenspiel and the Schweitzer Post, engaging in a dialog with Tony Gösswein (published in Saitenspiel a few years ago), representing the zither at a music festival in Norway and running zither seminars myself in Northern Virginia near Washington DC. Every year from 1997 through 2003 I also held a four-day zither seminar in California, where I  performed for one week at an outdoor operetta production. In October 2017 we celebrated the 50th semi-annual zither seminar here in the East, where we will be holding the 53rd in May 2019.