Janice Janiec, former beloved USC Upstate music professor, dies

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Janice Hudson Janiec, a former University of South Carolina Upstate music professor and beloved community singer and all-around performer, died May 31. She was 79,

Janiec died at Summit Hills Retirement Community.

Janiec was best known for her talents as an opera singer performing in recitals throughout the Southeast and conducting many church choirs. She played the lead roles in more than 30 musical productions in Charlotte and a variety of Spartanburg venues.

She was an Associate Professor of Music in the Department of Fine Arts and Communication Studies at USC Upstate from 1986 until 2008. Janiec received a Service Award from USC Upstate.

Janiec, in a published story on April 24, 1992 in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, stated: “In my ideal world, at 8 p.m. every night, the lights in the theater would come on, and I would be in the spotlight, wearing false eyelashes and a beautiful gown. I love theater and opera – it’s the theatrical part I enjoy most. I guess that’s really why I teach, so I may indulge in music.”

Funeral services are Monday, June 5 at 2 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Advent. A reception will follow in the church Parish and Community Life Center. Burial is Tuesday in Charlotte.

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