PRESS RELEASE: 25 OCTOBER 2017
The Frances Clark Center is pleased to announce the hire of Dr. Jennifer Snow as its first full-time Executive Director, effective November 1, 2017. Snow is a former Vice President, Teacher Education for the Royal Conservatory and previously was a member of the keyboard faculty at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. She holds a doctorate degree from Northwestern University. Snow is a frequent speaker and clinician presenting at a wide range of international conferences, and also an international concert artist appearing as a collaborative pianist throughout Canada, the United States, Asia, and Europe.
“Jennifer Snow is a leader in the field of music education and pedagogy,” said Samuel Holland, Algur H. Meadows Dean of the Meadows School for the Arts at SMU and former Executive Director of NCKP. “I have had the opportunity to work with her on several occasions, and I have been impressed with her energy, vision, insight, and creativity. I could not be more pleased than to know that Dr. Snow will be bringing her strategic leadership and experience to the Frances Clark Center.”
“I’m thrilled that Dr. Snow will be joining the Frances Clark Center as our first full-time Executive Director,” concurred Leslie Owsley, Chair of the Frances Clark Center Board of Trustees. “Bringing someone with her credentials, energy, and enthusiasm on board is a major step forward for our organization, and will enable us to do even more to support piano teachers in their important work of transforming lives through excellence in piano study.”
The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy is a not-for-profit educational institution (501c3) located in Kingston, New Jersey. The work of the Center is based on the philosophy of music educator Frances Clark (1905-1998) whose life work revolutionized the field of music education in the twentieth century.
Dr. Clark believed passionately in the transformative power of music making in the life of every person—not just the young, not just the gifted, not just the privileged. What set Frances Clark apart from her predecessors, however, was her recognition that the quality of musical experience is directly related to the quality of the music teaching-learning experience. Thus she placed singular importance on the preparation of teachers.
The Center advances its goals and serves local, national, and international audiences through: The New School for Music Study, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Clavier Companion magazine, the Piano Pedagogy Forum, and several print publications.