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Janice Galassi

Janice K. Galassi (Bachman)

Sunday March 9, 1947 - Wednesday June 26, 2019
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Janice K. Galassi, 72, died on June 26, 2019, at her home in Bethlehem. Born and raised in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of Royce M. Bachman and Virginia J. (Caywood) Bachman. She was pre-deceased by her beloved husband, Frank and a sister, Donna J. Bachman and brother, Gary L. Bachman.
A graduate of Kutztown State College, Janice was a life-long musician in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. She performed in the cello section of the Allentown Symphony since 1971, and was a member of the Harrisburg Symphony for 15 years. Janice also performed with many orchestras at Muhlenburg College Summer Theater, the Municipal Opera Company, Chansonette Theater and DeSales University Theater.
Janice co-founded the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra and performed with that group until taking a position as a contract administrator with the American Federation of Musicians New York office in 1999. She later served at the AFM as the Director of Symphonic Organizing, the Director of Symphonic Services and the Director of Organizing until her retirement in 2015.
Janice also co-founded Dolce a tre, a flute, violin and cello trio with which she performed since 1983, and the Bethlehem Chamber Players, a string quartet.
In addition, played the tuba with the American Legion Band of Bethlehem, and the Municipal Band of Allentown. She founded “Mother Jones Brass”, a brass quintet compromised of women.
Janice was a member of Local 45 of the American Federation of Musicians and served as the President since 2013. She was also a member of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley.
She is survived by her daughter, Gina Stephens, wife of John Stephens of Poughkeepsie, NY, daughter Rachel Galassi of Wilkes-barre and son Taylor Galassi of Bethlehem. She is also survived by three grandchildren; Elias Work, Amalia Work and Tessa Miorelli.
Services will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, or the American Cancer Society.
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Christopher Durham

Posted at 11:27pm
I offer my condolence to the children of Janice Galassi.

Janice was dedicated to the Health and Welfare of Symphonic Musicians throughout the United States.

I first met Janice Galassi somewhere in the middle of the 1990’s when, as a rank and file musician, Janice determined it was time to organize the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra; an orchestra I believe she founded.

It was at this point that she and Paul Frank, then Director of AFM Organizing, met and Paul identified Janice as an asset to the AFM. Janice was hired to the AFM Symphonic Services Division and quickly moved her way up the ranks to several Director positions.

Janice organized countless symphony orchestras. I don’t believe she ever lost a Nation Labor Relations Board election. Janice was a natural organizer … down to her neatly organized “3 ring binder”. 

Janice had a wit and charm that gave confidence to musicians who were walking down a scary and unpredictable path. She didn’t know what was at the end of that path by, by God, she was going to fight to the end!

During our negotiations with Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra management would send in an additional lawyer for each meeting. It was their lame effort to intimidate us. Janice would draw caricatures of each of them along with the management personnel. The employers’ effort to intimidate us became a comedy club hit.

Janice, rest in peace with Frank and thank you! Your good fight will be passed on and carried as you hoped.

Christopher Durham, AFM

Maribeth Radtke

Posted at 11:11am
I’m so very saddened to hear we lost Jan. I’ve know her since I was in high school playing with the Moravian College Community Orchestra. Then later playing in the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, Allentown and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestras. I’ve many fond memories too of playing many shows with her. She was a fabulous musician who was kind to everyone. Her laugh was contagious! Many nights after performances she, Connie Trach and I would go for drinks and laugh until our stomachs ached.

My thoughts are with her family at this difficult time. I will always cherish my memories of our times together!

Maribeth (Fegley) Radtke

Posted at 10:23am
My thoughts are with you at this sad time. I will always cherish my memories of playing gigs and laughing with Jan. Fondly, Maribeth (Fegley)Radtke
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Stefanie Przybylska

Posted at 03:42pm
I met Janice the first time she came to Albuquerque to help us negotiate a contract with the NMSO. Her skills, insight and humor were invaluable and comforting during that stressful time, and I will long remember her kindness and sense of fun. To her surviving family, I offer sincere condolences and sympathies. The world is less bright without her in it.

Abby Naomi

Posted at 08:05am
Please allow me to express my deepest condolences for your family's loss. I hope that you will find comfort in the real hope that the Bible gives of being reunited with your loved one again. In the Bible at John 5:28, 29 it reads, "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.". The Bible there promises that your loved one will come back to life again in the resurrection. (Acts 24:15) The Bible also promises that soon death will be no more. (Revelation 21:3, 4) I encourage you to visit JW.org for more information about this wonderful hope.

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