Judy Mintel is a recording engineer and producer in partnership with her husband, Richard Mintel. She married Dick July 24, 1971 in Rockefeller Chapel on the campus of the University of Chicago. They went on many adventures together recording concerts and listening to music. Their daughter, Josephine Therese Mintel was born June 19, 1991.
Judy was born in San Francisco and spent her formative years in the Panama Canal Zone and Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In 1970 Judy graduated from the University of Chicago College with an A.B. in American History and in 1973 she received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. She was admitted to the Bar in Illinois, Maryland and Virginia. Judy became Associate General Counsel for the State Farm Insurance Companies in Bloomington, Illinois where she worked for more than 25 years.
In addition to her family and her legal work, Judy has a passion for classical music, radio and higher education. Judy has been a member of the Board of Directors of Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, The Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Chamber Players. She was a co-producer with her husband of the recordings of Chicago’s Music of the Baroque and a co-producer of that group’s radio broadcast series on WFMT that was syndicated worldwide. Judy was also on the Board of the Borg Studio, which provided music lessons in Bloomington, Illinois for young string players using the Suzuki Method. The Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming was a regular summer vacation spot. Judy produced and hosted many hours of talk radio for broadcast focusing on community service issues. She also provided financial and other support to classical musicians and higher education institutions. Judy is a member of the Audio Engineering Society.
After her husband’s death in December 2014, Judy focused on preserving and archiving the large number of the classical music recordings that the couple had made together over their 43 years of marriage.
Recently, Judy has begun work with Syrian Youth Empowerment (“SYE”) helping Syrian and Iraqi high school students come to the United States to further their education.