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Next up in our meet the Founding Directors series is Corey Wardle:
I was born and raised in Las Vegas in a large family of 6 children with parents who were dedicated to us and nothing else. I took piano lessons, starting at the age of 12, with a wonderful, however eccentric, piano teacher named Dorothy Bolognini. Her husband, Ennio Bolognini, was a famous cellist. With the help of a ladder on both sides, I climbed over our back wall to study with Mrs. Bolognini each week. I hated piano lessons – but it was mandatory in our home. My eyes were opened to a large selection of classical pianists, but mostly Sergei Rachmaninoff, as that’s whom Mrs. Bolognini studied with as a child. I was blessed to meet many wonderful and colorful people in show business due to my study with Mrs. Bolognini. And also to have Ennio Bolognini sit alongside the piano with his cello, accompanying me while I played my prepared songs for his wife, Dorothy.
I’m not sure how accomplished I am as a pianist, but I can sight-read, and play in church as an accompanist quite often, as well as play the organ for the congregational hymns.
I have a love of music, however, I cannot sing a note. My family has asked me more than once NOT to sing along. Nevertheless, I know good music when I hear it. I have 6 children, and a few of them have beautiful voices. I started working for Jeffrey about 15 years ago when one of my sons began voice lessons with him. Jeffrey and I have had a great working relationship, but we have a much stronger friendship.
I have worked in the administrative field for over 30 years. I started out as a secretary, then bookkeeper, office manager, etc. I like the workings of an office – as long as I don’t have to be present. My jobs are basically virtual; nonetheless, I do go into an office 2-3 times a week. The majority of my work I do from home. That has been a great gift to me so I could be home with my children as they were growing up.
Looking at my new role with IVA – I am excited for the journey and definitely up to the task. I plan to give it my all as I have done with every job I have ever had. I enjoy so much the friendships I have built with the voice teachers, and I hope to make many more friends as we go along. But don’t forget, I have children older than some of you – I am a Mama Bear. I will do my best to make sure all of our voice teachers feel involved and needed. We are much stronger as a whole when we’re on the same page and know where we want this organization to go – there are no limits.
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