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composer , instructor , musician , writer

Stephanie Jakus, Writer, composer, musician, instructor. Named 1st Place winner in piano Chicago Tribune Music Festival, 1946, 1st Place winner for play on A. Lincoln, Illinois Sesquicentennial, 1968.


Jakus, Stephanie was born on November 8, 1926 in Melrose Park, Illinois, United States.


Bachelor of Music in Piano, Chicago Musical College, 1950. Master of Music in Music Composition, American Conservatory Music, 1961. Studied piano with Ruth Wilkins Tyer, Howard Wells, Margery Giles, Mollie Margolies.

Studied theory and composition with Rosseter G. Cole, Leo Sowerby. Studied musicology with Hans Rosenwald.


Journalist, Garfield News and Austinite, Chicago, 1946; piano accompanist, Stone Camryn School of Dance, Chicago, 1947-1950; piano accompanist, Charlene Rose School Dance, River Forest, Illinois, 1951-1954; co-producer, director, Backyard Frolics, River Forest, 1959-1961; piano teacher, River Forest, 1947-1975; journalist, Oak Leaves, Oak Park, Illinois, 1968-1970; free lance writer, Cherry Circle Magazine, Chicago, 1970-1975; freelance writer, various magazines, since 1975. Member of advisory county St. Paul Federal Music Contests, Chicago, 1977-1979.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Alone. Woman in Maturity, 1978, The Sick Society Part 1 - The Medical Profession, The Courtship of Mary Todd (play). Composer musical: In the Park.

      Composer various art songs, pop songs, vocal and theatrical songs, chamber music, orchestral music, piano theory, piano concerto, piano solos, arrangements for young piano students, four players at 1 piano, 2 pianos.


Cub reporter United Nations Organization Conference, San Francisco, 1945. Volunteer Democratic Senators Adlai Stevenson, Ted Leverenz, River Forest, 1974, Democratic Senator Alan Cranston, Forest Park, 1983. Vice president, director MacDowell Artists Association, Oak Park, 1952-1960.

Leader Committee to Join Triton College, River Forest, 1970. Secretary, treasurer Society of America Musicians, Chicago, 1975-1980.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: philosophy, history, nature, swimming, dancing.


Daughter of Victor and Anna (Yutelis) Novicky. Divorced; children: Aldie, Larry.

Victor Novicky

Anna (Yutelis) Novicky

Larry Jakus

Aldie Jakus