The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
American composer, singer, choir director, teacher and radio broadcaster Jeanne Butcher was born in Knoxville on 25 May 1925 and began singing at an early age. From eleven, she toured with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. She studied in Alabama and Tennessee at Samford University, Birmingham-Southern College and Vanderbilt University.
She was known as Jeanne Shaffer following her first marriage in 1944. As well as working as a choir director, organist and teacher, she was the host of the Eine Kleine Frauenmusik radio programme about female composers.
Jeanne Ellison Shaffer died on 9 April 2007, aged eighty-one.