Jane Varella

Jane Varella is the retired Principal Percussion of the Orchestra. She began playing percussion with the DPO in 1952 as a high school junior.

Jane is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Performance.

Jane has taught at four Dayton area universities as well as the Stivers School for the Performing Arts.

Jane became the Orchestra Personnel Manager in 1975, for one year—a job she has now held in excess of 44 years! In many ways, Jane is the heart and soul of the Orchestra.

She has two children: a daughter, Stacey, who lives in Virginia, and a son, Ian, who resides in Texas. Jane is also blessed to have three granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.