Janet Sump graduated from UTC with a B.S. degree in Music Education. While at UTC, she was a member of The Chattanooga Singers, Chamber Singers, Chi Omega Sorority, Kappa Chi Epsilon and president of the Music Student Council. She studied piano with Arthur Rivituso and Emily Miller, voice with George Cox and David Pennebaker, violin with Derrie Drinkall and ensemble with Roger Drinkall.
After graduating from UTC, Ms Sump continued her music studies at Converse College and received a Master of Music Degree. While at Converse, she studied piano with Lera Borden and George Lucktenberg, and violin with Jerrie Cadek Lucktenberg.
Upon returning to Chattanooga, Ms. Sump continued her vocal studies with Doris Doe and has continued to study with John Ramsaur at Shorter College. She taught choral music at Hixson Junior High and in 1980 she took a teaching position with Cadek Conservatory. In 1983, she became a Faculty Associate with Cadek and UTC. At Cadek, she teaches piano and violin. She is the Theory Coordinator and the Director of the Kids 'n Keyboards program. At UTC, she teaches Class Piano.
Since 1979 Ms Sump has been Director of Music at New Hope Presbyterian Church. At New Hope, she directs the Adult, Handbell, and Youth Choirs.
Ms Sump is a member of Chattanooga Music Teachers Association (CMTA), Tennessee Music Teachers Association (TMTA), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and McDowell Music Club. In CMTA, she has held the positions of President, Treasurer and is presently Elementary Audition Chair, Certification Chair, and Handbook Ad Chair. Ms Sump was elected Teacher of the Year in 1987. In TMTA, she is the State Certification Chair. In MTNA, she holds National Certification in piano, violin and music education. Ms Sump is certified in the state of Tennessee to teach choral and instrumental music. She has been an adjudicator for local and state auditions. She was the Co-Chair for the TMTA State Conference which was held in Chattanooga in June 2004.