Frances O. Clark (1928)
A native of Sturgis, Michigan, Frances O. Clark graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1928 with majors in English, French and Philosophy. She completed study at the Conservatory of American Students in Fontainebleau, the Paris Conservatory, and the Julliard School of Music. In 1963, Kalamazoo College conferred upon her the honorary Doctor of Music degree.
In her early career, Frances Clark was a private piano teacher in Albion, Sturgis, and Kalamazoo prior to her joining the faculty of Kalamazoo College in 1945. Here she began the first four-year program in piano pedagogy offered at an American college or university. She left K in 1955 to chair the piano and piano pedagogy departments at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. In 1960, she established the New School for Music Study and was supported in this endeavor by her student and colleague, Louise L. Goss, K-College alumna of 1948, who served as the executive vice president of the New School.
Throughout her career, Frances Clark was active as a clinician, lecturer, and consultant, but was best known for the Frances Clark Library for Piano Students, a widely used and highly respected, published, piano pedagogy curriculum. The National conference on Piano Pedagogy honored Ms. Clark in 1984 with its Lifetime Achievement Award, and she was awarded honorary membership in the National Society of Arts and Letters and in the Alpha Sigma Iota Honorary Music Fraternity. In 1987, she received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Kalamazoo College Alumni Association. Upon her passing in April 1988, Ms. Clark was honored by the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival; Ms. Goss accepted the honor on her behalf.
Meg Lauterbach, who received her Master of Music degree in Cello Performance from Roosevelt University and Bachelor of Arts degree from Kalamazoo College, is an active studio musician, and has worked with many bands and singer/songwriters to create original cello parts.
In addition, she maintains a rigorous schedule of classical chamber music and solo performances. She has been on the faculty at Hyde Park Suzuki Institute and Columbia College Chicago's Sherwood Community Music School for 10 years, training cellists and pianists of all ages and levels.
Orchestral performances have taken her around the globe--to Tomar, Portugal, to play Baroque cello at the Academia de Musica Antiga; to Osaka, Japan, where she was assistant principal cellist for the Ambassador Chamber Orchestra of Roosevelt University; to Courchevel, France, where she was assistant principal bass at the Conservatoire de Region.
Meg describes her music experience at "K":
Music was a huge part of my life at K. I played in the orchestra, sang in two different choirs, played in the bell choir, played bass in a Woody Guthrie-style folk band for a theatre production written by Ed Menta on the beginnings of organized labor in the U.S., rehearsed and performed with the Conservatory Orchestra during my study abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, performed three solo recitals (two on bass, one on cello), took private lessons in bass, cello, piano and voice, and played lots of chamber music with classmates and faculty.
Only now, over 10 years after graduation, do I realize how unusual, amazing and varied are the music opportunities at K. At the time I was a student at K, I didn't plan to become a professional musician--I just loved the music faculty and the wealth of ensembles and performance opportunities. Lo and behold, several years after graduation I realized it was silly to do anything BUT music for a living. And lo and behold, all of that music at K prepared me completely to enter graduate school in music.
Now I have a Master's degree in Cello Performance from Roosevelt University and I never hesitate to tell people that I did NOT go to a conservatory for undergrad, nor do I hold a Bachelor of Music degree. I love the fact that I took serious courses in many diverse disciplines; I love the fact that I didn't flinch when graduate music history professors asked for a 20-page paper--at K, I regularly had to write 30+ pages for a final paper!
Dusty Morris is a teaching choir in Vicksburg Schools. He directs seven choirs at the middle and high schools that do two musicals a year. He lives in Vicksburg, Michigan with his wife, Hadley (K 1999).
Dusty describes his experience at "K":
K prepared me well to be a choral director. Not only did I get the musical training I needed to begin my conducting/teaching career, but the liberal arts emphasis meant I also learned some history, language, philosophy and other things which have been very useful when explaining songs to my students. I can place the songs in their historical context, pronounce the foreign language texts and discuss the music's cultural relevance thanks to K College.