Jane Polett

QSOA General Manager

Jane Polett

Jane Polett
QSOA General Manager
Photo by Chet Coonrod

Jane Polett earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance, and Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Arizona State University.  A violin student of Frank Spinosa and Eugene Lombardi, she often led ASU’s Lyric Opera Theatre pit orchestra and was concertmaster of ASU’s Symphony Orchestra for five years.  After graduation, Mrs. Polett was a Process Engineer for a large 24-hour manufacturing operation in South Carolina for almost a decade.  She holds a patent for a machine used in the manufacture of silicon for the electronic device industry.  As an Engineering Manager, she was responsible for a team of over 20 engineers and technicians. Jane was the leader of an international engineering team focused on sharing best practices, and served on audit teams assuring supplier and internal compliance with ISO 9001 quality standards.

During that time, Jane was a violinist for the Greenville (SC) Symphony, Asheville (NC) Symphony, and Brevard (NC) Chamber Orchestra until the Polett family relocated to Canton, MO in 1997.  Jane has served as a violinist for the Quincy Symphony Orchestra since that time.  She won contracts with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra in 1999, and continues to perform with those ensembles and with the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra.  She is adjunct violin instructor for Culver-Stockton College and in recent years has served as concertmaster for the Muddy River Opera Company in Quincy.

QSOA General Manager since summer 2005, Mrs. Polett was named 2008 General Manager of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, reflecting outstanding administrative performance and the QSOA’s growth under her leadership.  Outside of QSOA activities, Jane has been treasurer of Canton’s AAUW chapter since 2001 and sings in the choir of Canton’s Immanuel United Methodist Church.  Her husband Tom was a music professor at C-SC and QSO Principal Trombone for over 20 years.  The Polett’s three children are former members of the Quincy Area Youth Orchestra and Quincy Area Youth Chorus and chose careers in music and/or teaching.