Remembering Betty Jeanne Chipman:

Music Teacher, Mentor and Friend

by   |  July 2, 2012
Betty Jeanne Chipman

Betty Jeanne Chipman, voice teacher, author, and legend

Music teachers have tremendous power to improve lives forever.  Today the classical music world honors the life of Betty Jeanne Chipman, a great music teacher who passed away Sunday in Salt Lake at the age of 93.  Many of her friends and former students have connected on Facebook to pay their respects to this great woman, after whom a prestigious University of Utah scholarship was named.
 
One of her former voice students, soprano Clara Lee, expressed her deep love and respect for Chipman on her status update.  Referring to Chipman as “my wonderful voice teacher, friend, mentor, therapist, and champion”, Lee thanked her for “[shaping] me and my voice with generosity and love coupled with expertise.”
 
Dr. Ruth Christensen likewise commended Chipman as “a  wonderful, lovely, truly beautiful human being and builder of singers and their voices.”  Dr. Christensen, who teaches voice at BYU, added that Chipman still kept a full teaching schedule when she passed away.
 
Anna Mooy, who teaches voice at BYU Hawaii, says, “What a wonderful legacy she leaves behind!  Betty Jeanne, I love you and will miss you dearly.”
 
These comments echo the sentiment of many students who will miss this influential mentor.  Those who knew Betty Jeanne refer to her as “grand lady, a master pedagogue, and a true friend,”  a “wonderful, amazing teacher,” a “treasure”, someone who “lived a great life” and “touched so many” others.
 
Betty Jeanne Chipman will be greatly missed.  She leaves behind a legacy of true mentorship and many students whose lives she has improved forever.
 

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About the Author:

Having achieved so many of her own dreams, Mimi West has devoted her career to paying it forward to the rising generation of musicians. You can follow her on Twitter @mydreamteacher.
Publshed: July 2, 2012  | 
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