April 12: Meet Janet Chvatal, a Classical Soprano, Paul Harris Fellow, and Much More
Janet Marie Chvatal, originally from Beaverton, Oregon, is a classical soprano and proud Oregonian who has achieved international acclaim in musical theater as a performer, director, producer, and author.
Janet graduated with honors from Sunset High School, and summa cum laude from Boston University in 1986. She was awarded a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship for graduate study abroad in 1987. In Europe, she continued her graduate studies in opera, operetta, and musicals in Vienna, Austria.
Janet made her professional debut on Broadway as “Louisa” in “The Fantastiks”, and her European debut in Vienna as “Christine” in Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera”. She has performed leading roles in musicals and in opera throughout Europe, the US, and Canada and has produced and directed hundreds of her own concerts, musicals, and music series in Europe and the US.
Together in gala events with her partner, Baritone Marc Gremm, the two artists have raised over $500,000 in support of various charity organizations in Europe, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, and the US. Their most recent endeavor, “The Wish Prince Project”, partners with Rotary to encourage literacy and teach goal-setting skills with the gift of a bi-lingual book to 3rd-grade students at Title 1 schools.
Chvatal is a Paul Harris Fellow and has been a guest speaker at Rotary Clubs in Germany, Austria, France, Sweden, and England.
Program Chair: Renee Campbell