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Employee Profile - November 2009

Jan SteeleAs a member of a women's chorus, Jan Steele, a clinical nurse coordinator in periodontics, not only is enjoying her lifetime hobby, she's also enjoying an international championship.

For 27 years, Steele has been a member of Sweet Adelines International, one of the world's largest singing organizations for women. Sweet Adelines was formed in 1945 as the women's counterpart to national organizations for men's barbershop quartets. Today the organization still provides education and holds performances for women's barbershop quartets and other singing groups.

Steele's group, the Rich-Tone Chorus, competed against 32 other groups at the Sweet Adelines' annual competition Oct. 20-24 in Nashville, Tenn. Her group not only won the 2010 Chorus Championship, it received the highest score ever awarded in the organization's competition history.

Steele practices in Richardson, Texas, with 120 other members of the Rich-Tone Chorus. She's contributed to the group's four championship titles and has performed with them in Hawaii and the United Kingdom.

She also performs with a madrigal singing group composed of members from the chorus. She says the group is busy preparing for several performances for three different holiday shows.

Steele has worked at HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry for 45 years.