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Janèt Sullivan Whitaker

Janèt Sullivan Whitaker

Everyone loves “In Every Age” and “Here at This Table,” but not many know the brilliant and talented woman behind those classic worship songs. In addition to her work as a composer, Janèt is also a parish music director.

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Janèt presents workshops on cantor dynamics, lector formation, parish repertoire, song of the assembly and keyboard improvisation.

Currently residing in Hayward, California, Janèt serves as full-time director of music and liturgy at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in San Ramon.

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Janèt presents workshops on cantor dynamics, lector formation, parish repertoire, song of the assembly and keyboard improvisation.

Currently residing in Hayward, California, Janèt serves as full-time director of music and liturgy at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in San Ramon.

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Bio

A native of Berkeley, California, Janèt Sullivan Whitaker is a forty-year veteran of parish pastoral music leadership in the diocese of Oakland, California. In addition to her ministry as a composer, recording artist, and storyteller, Janèt is an inspiring presenter of parish missions, workshops, and retreats. Dedicated to the enrichment of all who serve in liturgical ministries, her deepest desire is to form and encourage parish musicians and she does so by drawing upon her wealth of wisdom, spirituality, strength, and humor.

Several of Janèt’s compositions are well-known by the church. Among her most beloved songs are: In Every Age, Here at This Table, The Least of These, Christ Before Us and Day of Peace. Since the release of her debut collection, Land of the Living, Janèt has produced several collections and companion recordings of music for the church: Tryin’ to Get Ready; These Forty Days: Music for Lent, Passiontide, and Ordinary Time; This Place of Perfect Peace, Plenty: Songs of Hope For Our Time, and Yulesong (an independently produced Christmas CD).

In 2015, Janèt collaborated with her fellow composers on Our Common Home, a collection inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si. It includes music by Barbara Bridge, Jaime Cortez, Michael Joncas, Ricky Manalo, CSP, Curtis Stephan, Bob Hurd and Rufino Zaragoza, OFM and offers timely music touching on themes of care for creation, poverty and solidarity.

As a director of music and liturgy, Janèt has served at three Oakland diocese parishes, as well as the One Bread, One Cup Summer Youth Liturgical Leadership Conferences at Saint Meinrad Benedictine Archabbey and Seminary in Indiana. In 2022 she joined the faculty of the annual Liturgical Music Institute at The Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Lloyd Harbor, New York.

In 2020, Janèt stepped away from full-time parish work to broaden her scope of outreach and take on on a ministry that includes concert performances, master classes for cantors, parish missions, workshops, and retreats. She holds a B.A. in Music from CSU East Bay and an M.T.S in Liturgical Studies from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

Janèt lives in Hayward, California with her husband of 39 years.

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