Profile: Mary Dell Jenkins
Music Reader Services Librarian
Mary Dell Jenkins has been a Music Reader Services Librarian for the NLS Music Section since 2005. Previously she worked in the Phoenix Public Library at the Special Needs section. She earned a Bachelor of Music from Hardin-Simmons University and a Master of Music in French horn from Texas Tech University. Following a period of teaching and performing in the Dallas area, she ‘headed south’ to Mexico where she performed at the Fine Arts Palace (Palacio de Bellas Artes) in Mexico City with the Opera/Ballet companies for some years. Upon her return to the U.S., she completed two more Masters Degrees in Educational Psychology from Northern Arizona University and Information Resources and Library Sciences from the University of Arizona. With her music background and love of libraries, she feels fortunate to have the best of both worlds in her current position.
NoteStreams By Mary Dell Jenkins
Born May 15, 1567, Claudio Monteverdi most likely had no idea how far his idea of putting words to music and staging would go to the rich, extravagant productions seen in opera today. Maybe his marriage to a court singer in 1599, Claudia de Cattaneis, encouraged him to tackle a Greek myth of finding love only to give in to temptation and lose it for eternity.
As this post is published, I hope everyone is preparing for the July 4th celebration. Along with fireworks, grilling at picnics, sunflowers, ice cream and the patriotic significance of this date, I enjoy a parade–any parade.
This most recent Memorial Day I had the wonderful pleasure of actually seeing a band that the NLS Music Section had heard about; however, no one knew the whole story. Reviewing the bands scheduled for the parade, I was delighted to see that the Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band was coming to town.
I contacted the Director of the band at the school, Ms. Carol Agler. She and her assistant, Ms. Yvonne Johnson agreed to fill me in on the history of the program and their experiences.