News and Events
4WRD Thinking — White Light LED Shootout (2-10-2016)
Join Musson for 4WRD Thinking, an examination of profile fixtures that emit only white-light with LEDs. On February 24th, we will be demonstrating the following fixtures in the Musson Warehouse:
- The new ETC Source 4WRD
- The PRG Renew
- The Chauvet Ovation 190WW
- The ETC Source Four Series 1 Tungsten
- The ETC Source Four Series 2 Tungsten HD
- The Altman Phoenix 3,000K
- A Conventional Source Four with a 575W/X/115V Lamp
- A Conventional Source Four with a 750W/X/115V Lamp
We'll discuss the pros and cons of each fixture, of white light itself, and of retrofitting existing gear or buying new fixtures. We'll be testing brightness, dimming, gobo projection, and the use of colored filters with white-light LEDs. PLUS ~ we will be able to show you how they perform on camera.
Individual sessions will be held at 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm, and 5:30pm. Space is limited so register now!
Remembrances for Jan Musson (1-4-2016)
If you would like to leave remembrances of Jan, we have started a Facebook Group in her memory. Please feel free to share thoughts and stories there.
In lieu of flowers, Jan requested that donations be made to one of the following performing arts organizations, or the performing arts organization of your choosing, in her honor.
- Lyric Theatre of San Jose
- San Jose Dance Theatre
- Louisville Orchestra
- Louisville Ballet
- Santa Clara Univ. Theatre Dept.
- San Jose State Univ. Theatre Dept.
Thank you so much. We hope you can join us for all or part of this celebration of the life and career of this extraordinary woman.
Janet Morris Musson - Obituary (1-2-2016, San Jose Mercury)
Former Monte Sereno Resident
MUSSON, JANET MORRIS, 79, died suddenly on December 21, 2015 at her home in Goshen, KY. A 4th generation Californian, she was born in Long Beach and grew up in San Francisco, San Jose, and Orinda. She graduated from Stanford University in 1957 with a degree in Speech and Drama. After graduation she began, unwittingly, to prepare for a career in entrepreneurship; working in personnel management and small business oriented public accounting. Her employment with a San Jose CPA firm led to her appointment as Treasurer of the San Jose Civic Light Opera Assn. in 1966. This rekindled her interest in stage lighting. Over the next 30 years she designed lighting for over 60 major productions in the Santa Clara Valley. Her credits included designs for San Jose State Univ., Opera San Jose, San Jose Light Opera, Lyric Theatre (GSSSJ), San Jose Dance Theatre, and various groups at Saratoga Theatre.
Jan received a MA degree in Drama from SJSU in 1974 under the tutelage of the late Dr. Ken Dorst. During her studies she saw a need for a theatrical equipment supplier in the South Bay Area and created Musson Theatrical Inc. in her home in the Monte Sereno area. The business grew rapidly and expanded from the home to University Ave. in Los Gatos, and on to Stockton Ave. in San Jose. A disastrous fire in 1984 led to relocation to Musson Theatrical's current location in Santa Clara. The company has since become one of the largest theatrical supply houses in the nation. In the mid 1990's the business was sold to the current owner Robert Downs.
In 1989 Jan moved with her retired husband to Kentucky where for several years she managed a branch of Musson Theatrical in Louisville. She also served as resident stage lighting designer for the acclaimed Walden Theatre in that city.
She was a long-time member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). She served as Treasurer of that organization from 1984-88 later was elected Fellow of the Institute. She was also honored to be elected an honorary member of San Jose Local 134 of the stage employee's union (IATSE).
Jan is survived by her husband Warwick Musson, Goshen, KY; her brother Frederick Morris (Lucy), Napa, CA; niece, Juliana Hube; nephews Gregory Morris and Keith Morris; and seven grandnieces.
Funeral services were held in Louisville, KY on December 26, 2015.
A memorial service will be held at 1 PM on Thursday, January 7 at Darling Fischer Chapel of the Hills, 615 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos with burial to follow at Los Gatos Memorial Park. Visitation from 12-1 PM Thursday.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Lyric Theatre or the Drama departments of SCU and SJSU.
Janet Morris Musson - Obituary (12-23-2015, Louisville Courier-Journal)
Musson, Janet Morris, 79, died suddenly Monday December 21, 2015. She was the founder of Musson Theatrical Inc. of Santa Clara, CA. and for over 20 years she was a stage lighting designer in Silicon Valley. She opened the Louisville branch of Musson Theatrical in 1989 and served as stage lighting designer for Walden Theatre. She was an avid supporter of the performing arts. She was a graduate of Stanford University and received her Master's degree from San Jose University.
She is survived by her husband, Warwick Musson, brother, Frederick Morris (Lucy); Napa, CA., niece, Juliana Hube, nephews, Gregory and Keith Morris, and grandnieces.
Funeral service will be 2 PM Saturday December 26, 2015 at Pearson's 149 Breckenridge Lane with a memorial service and interment to occur at a later date in Los Gatos, California. Visitation from 1-2 PM Saturday.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Louisville Orchestra or the Louisville Ballet.
Remembering Jan Musson (12-22-2015)
Dear Musson Theatrical Family and Friends,
It is with a heavy heart that we bring you the news that company founder Jan Musson has passed away peacefully in her home December 21st at approximately 10:30pm EST.
She was a tremendous force in the early days of this crazy industry, and a wonderful woman. She built this company from the ground up and was so proud of what it has become. She will be dearly missed.
We are attempting to collect additional details as quickly as possible, and will keep you informed as we learn more. We know you have a hundred wonderful stories to share about this amazing woman and the impact she had on your life or career. Please feel free to leave comments and tributes on the Facebook group we created for her.
Though this is sad news, please know that she would want us to celebrate her life and not mourn her death. Be well and happy, and enjoy the holidays.
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