Jane Polett

QSOA General Manager

Jane Polett

Jane Polett
QSOA General Manager

Jane Polett received 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 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 and was the leader of an international engineering team focused on sharing best practices.  Jane 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 relocating to Canton, Missouri in 1997.  She has served as a violinist for the QSO since that time.  Jane won contracts with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra in 1999, and continues to perform with those ensembles.  She is adjunct violin instructor for Culver-Stockton College and in recent years has served as concertmaster for Quincy’s Muddy River Opera Company.

QSOA General Manager since July 2005, Mrs. Polett was named 2008 General Manager of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras.  Jane’s husband Tom was a music professor at C-SC and QSO principal trombonist for over 20 years.  The Polett’s three adult children grew up close to the QSOA and are former members of the QAYC and QAYO who chose careers in music and/or teaching. Outside of QSOA activities, Jane enjoys singing with her church choir and looks forward to the day when they can make music together again.