Janet L. Van Valey holds both a Bachelors and Masters degree in music and has taught choral music at the middle school and high school levels. In addition she has served as the Music Director for numerous denominations over the past 40 years.
Jan is the founding director of the Kalamazoo Ringers, starting the group in 1981. She has worked with handbells since 1978 when she began her studies with Donald Allured. She is an active member of Handbell Musicians of America, having served on both the National and Area boards, and she received the Distinguished Service Award from Area 5 in 2003.
As an experienced teacher and director, Jan has served as an in-service instructor for schools, as a clinician for handbell workshops, state music education meetings, Choristers Guild, AGO, and denominational church conferences. She has also been a guest conductor for many massed bell festivals and has been a sales representative for Malmark since 1982.