Too often lately I have had to report to you the loss of a beloved Sweet Adeline and, unfortunately, this morning I must do it again.
This from Facebook:
JoAnn Kraut passed this morning, January 26,2013, at 3:07 am. She was surrounded by her family, Kim, John, Karla, Kristin and Sue, and her best friend, Pat. There will be a celebration of her life in the next couple of weeks, more details to follow.
Jo was a member of the Region #7 faculty and coached quartets and choruses around the world. She was also a former Approved Candidate Judge in the music category and had achieved the level of Master Director in the Director’s Certification Program.
When Jo Kraut became director of the Kansas City Chorus in 1980 the chorus began to grow in both size and skill winning their first regional gold with Kraut in 1989 and spending the next two decades achieving regional championships and numerous international medals.
The chorus consistently placed in the top ten at international including two third-place medals and a silver medal in 1993.
Jo first joined Sweet Adelines in 1975 and retired as Kansas City director in 2008.
Here is Jo directing Kansas City in preparation for their competition package in Calgary, 2007: