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193? Figure FRANCES SELLERS Whistler Bird Imitator JEANNETTE VAN ZANT Vocalist Accompanist Offer Their Unusual Program WOODLAND SONGS AND STORIES The program is entertaining and educational. It is in keeping with the subjects of nature, and is given with their full appreciation and understanding of the out of doors. They are soloists in their chosen field, and combined make an unusual ensemble. The voice and whistling obligato blend, and the effect is different and appealing. Figure Sing Sing Birds on the Wing Ensemble Invitation—Whistling (Descriptive number) Bird Imitations and talk on protection, description, characteristics of birds. Illustrated Bird Paintings. Listen to the Mocking Bird Emphasizing the bird calls Skylarks Morning Song Piano Lieing Little Daisy Vocal The Cuckoo Vocal The Glow-Worm Ensemble Blue Danube Waltz Whistling Let's All Sing Like the Birdies Sing This is informal, fun and community singing Will You Remember Ensemble Finis Figure FRANCES M. JEANNETTE SELLERS VAN ZANT PICTURE a log cabin down in Southern Indiana. A little girl was born in this primitive dwelling. She would wander in the woodland and sit for hours watching the birds. Soon she learned to imitate the calls of her feathered flock, and they have since become her most intimate friends. With our disappearing forests, the normal refuge of our bird life, how fine it is to have one who can bring to us the music of Springtime, and the songs of our most familiar birds. During the program Miss Sellers takes you with her on an imaginary hike. When giving her imitations she will illustrate with paintings three times the actual size of the bird, in natural color. This will give you a vivid description of the bird and its song. Miss Sellers has a large repertoire of classical and popular numbers, wherein she gives her own musical interpretations of the selection, bringing out the calls of the various birds. She often asks the audience to join her in whistling and singing their old favorites. This is a unique feature, and adds zest and versatility to her program. She has appeared for School Assemblies, Colleges, Clubs, and other occasions throughout the Middlewest and Eastern States. Frequent broadcasts have been given from the following stations: NBC, Chicago; WHAS, Louisville; WLW, Cincinnati; WLS, Chicago. APPEARANCES Transportation Club of Louisville Women's Overseas League, Indianapolis Lake Shore Men's Club, Chicago Indiana Bankers Association Illinois Ice Dealers Association, Danville, Illinois Haddon-Hall Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey American Chemical Society, Indianapolis Milwaukee Donner College, Milwaukee Ball State Teachers College, Muncie Marion County Teachers Association, Indianapolis Kiwanis Club, Springfield, Ohio Westwood Woman's Club, Cincinnati, Ohio Indiana Lenders Association, Indianapolis American Mining Congress National Retail Coal Merchants Association National Rivers and Harbors Congress Lions International Convention Ohio Kiwanis Conference Indiana Federation of Women's Clubs Englewood Woman's Club, Chicago West Virginia Shrine Convention Indiana Business and Professional Women Franklin College Miami University Indiana Teachers Association National Izaac Walton League American Ornithologists Union Western Hills High School, Cincinnati Indiana Audubon Society Tennessee Medical Association Cincinnati Zoological Gardens [NOTE—These, of course, do not include the many schools and clubs booked through School Assemblies and Bureaus.] MISS JEANNETTE VAN ZANT, soprano, pianist and accompanist has appeared for schools, clubs and other occasions as soloist and accompanist. She has broadcast frequently from WFBM, Indianapolis. Her voice is an inspiration to all who listen; her ability to accompany at the piano, and her musical interpretations are appreciated by the music lovers. Miss Van Zant studied voice, piano and organ at the College of Music, Jacksonville, Florida; and the Arthur Jordan Conservatory, Indianapolis, Indiana. She teaches voice and piano in the Newcastle College of Music. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists. Figure To Whom It May Concern: It was our good fortune recently to have as our guests Miss Frances Sellers and Miss Jeannette Van Zant, who gave us a program. The program of the young ladies springs from the heart and from understanding of nature. Miss Sellers has tramped the hills and vales at earliest dawn studying birds and their language. Miss Van Zant has the voice and imagination of an artist. Combined, the two storm the hearts of their audiences.— J. H. Eilar, Principal, New Castle Junior High School, New Castle, Indiana. Miss Frances Sellers has just left the High School after giving us an assembly program which we feel is one of the most delightful treats we have ever had. The lecturer's authentic material and her native skill in the art of whistling are enough to make her valuable, but her own charming simplicity and sincerity of presence and approach make her unusually effective in addressing a high school audience. We believe she presented a cultural treat to our boys and girls as well as thoroughly worthwhile entertainment, and we are grateful for the privilege we enjoyed in having her with us.—Harry Keeler, Principal, Lindblom High School, Chicago, Illinois. The program given in which you had such a splendid part has received praise from every quarter of our country. Your contribution was indeed a climax. Please accept the writer's thanks and appreciation for same. A similar expression comes from the entire membership as well as hundreds of commendations from our guests and visitors.—Thos. J. Morrow, General Chairman, N. R. C. M. A., Louisville, Kentucky. ADIO STATION WLSThe Voice of Agriculture Agricultural Broadcasting Company BURRIDGE D. BUTLER, President Controlled and Operated by PRAIRIE FARMER C. P. DICKSON, Advertising Manager 1230 West Washington Boulevard, Chicago April 20 th 1932. Miss Frances Sellere, 1233 Woodlawn Drive, New Castle, Indians. Dear MissSellers: We were indeed happy to have had you with us last Saturday on our Merry Go Round program, and are enclosing chock in payment of your services. Should an opportunity present itself wherein we could use you, we hsall certainly get in touch with you. Very truly yours. George C. Diagar PROGRAM DIRECTOR. NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY INC. MERCHANDISE MART Figure CHICAGO April 28, 1931 Miss Frances M. Sellers, Scottsburg, Indiana Dear Miss Sellers: Thanks for your letter of April 26th. I am confirming date of your appearance on the National Farm and Home Hour for May 26th. Cordfally yours, FRANK E. MULLEN Figure The Courier-Journal —WHAS— THE LOUISVILLE TIMES Louisville, Kentucky October 15, 1951 WHAS Miss Prances Sellers, Scottsburg, Indians. Dear Frances: Thank you very much for whistling the Blue Danube Walts as requested. The little girl was listening and if you could have seen the pleasure it gave her I am sure you would feel well repaid. I tried to telephone you shortly after the programme but you had left the studios. With kindest personal regards and every wish for your continued success, I am, Sincerely yours, Martin B. Campbell, ASSISTANT MANAGER WHAS. MBC CS Frances Sellers Radio's Foremost Whistler and Bird Call Interpreter COMMENTS Fine reports continue to come in on your program. The appreciation for bird lore was also much increased. We covet the opportunity of seeing and hearing you again soon—Robert La Follette, Ball State Teachers College—Muncie, Indiana. We were indeed happy to have you with us at our regular luncheon meeting last Tuesday. We found the program unusually entertaining and we have a number of very favorable comments from our members, expressing their appreciation of your program. We hope that we can again have you with us on another occasion.—S. V. O'Lenic, Vice President, Vincennes Rotary Club. Miss Sellers whistled her way into the hearts of her audience. Our students and faculty appreciated her program very much, and we shall be glad to hear her again.—High School Principal, Springfield, Illinois. Miss Sellers, the imitator who brings one the music of the spring time as familiar birds come out to call from her throat. Her program of bird calls are highly artistic. Her genius is outstanding. Indeed the program throughout was a delightful one, typically appropriate for nature lovers.— Terre Haute Tribune. Frances Sellers perhaps can help you listen better to the little bird that tells things. She is a whistler and an uncommonly good one.— Indianapolis Star. I heard Miss Sellers give her whistling program for the Rotary Club, and wish to say that I enjoyed it very much. In fact, I think her program is the best program of entertainment that I know when one considers what it costs any school or organization putting it on.—John Callahan, State Superintendent, Department of Public Instruction, Madison, Wis.
|Title||Woodland Songs and Stories|
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|Personal Name Subject||
Sellers, Frances M.
Van Zant, Jeannette
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