Mrs. Griffen holds a bachelor of music degree with teaching certification from Culver-Stockton College and a Master’s in Education from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Mrs. Griffen has been teaching at Hannibal-LaGrange University since 1987.
Her responsibilities include chairmanship duties, teaching applied voice and piano, advanced choral conducting, choral techniques, choral and instrumental literature, and music pedagogy.
In addition to directing HLGU’s Chamber Choir and string orchestras, Mrs. Griffen has also been the director of the Hannibal Children’s Choir for four years and vocal director for the University’s productions of Amahl and the Night Visitors, Quilters, An Evening with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Oliver!, The True Story of Cinderella, Forever Plaid, 1940 Radio Hour, The Secret Garden, and most recently, vocal mentor for It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas, and A Christmas Carol.
Mrs. Griffen and students performed with the Muddy River Opera Co. in Aaron Copland’s The Tenderland and Poulanc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites. Jane has enjoyed adjudicating for high school district vocal competitions both in Missouri and Illinois, being a guest conductor for all conference choirs in the state of Missouri and Illinois, and for ten years, directing the Mark Twain Chorale.
Mrs. Griffen enjoys horses, dogs, walking, taking in nature, riding bikes, riding in her husband’s Mustang convertible, and watching her children and grandchildren grow into wonderful individuals.
- Member of Phi Kappa Lambda
- Former Vice President of local chapter for National Federation of Music Clubs, Evening Etude
- Former Director for the Mark Twain Chorale, Hannibal's community chorale
- American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
- The National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
- Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA)
- Member at Calvary Baptist Church
Awards & Achievements
- Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1997-1998
- Parkway Distinguished Professor Award, 2008
- Messiah by G. F. Handel
- Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
- Requiem by Mozart
- Ceremony of Carols by Britten
- Gloria by Vivaldi
- Gloria by Rutter
- Magnificat by Rutter
- Christmas Oratorio by Bach (selections from parts I, II, & III)