Jennifer Snow sq Jennifer Snow, is the first full-time Executive Director-CEO for the Frances Clark Center. 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.
PamelaPike Pamela Pike is Editor in Chief/Chief Content Director for Piano Magazine. She serves as the Barineau Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Louisiana State University. As an award-winning author, Dr. Pike has published over three dozen scholarly articles, and her book, Dynamic Group-Piano Teaching: Transforming Group Theory into Teaching Practice, is published by Routledge. Dr. Pike has presented papers and workshops at conferences throughout Asia, Europe, Scandinavia, and North and South America.
ShanaKirk Shana Kirk is the Director of Digital Operations for the Frances Clark Center. Kirk leads all areas of digital operations and advancement for the Center including the internationally recognized publication the Piano Magazine, Teacher Education Webinars, teaching repertoire series Inspiring Artistry and From the Artist Bench, online Teacher Education Courses, and new initiatives.
RebeccaPennington 1 175x175 Rebecca Mergen Pennington currently serves as Administrative Director of the New School for Music Study. She has been a member of the faculty since 2007. Dr. Pennington has been a frequent performer in faculty recitals, contributed to teacher development through blog posts, teaching videos, and work at the NSMS Summer Seminar, and teaches the popular Piano Detectives Club class for kindergarten students. She holds a DMA and MM in Piano Performance from the University of Kansas, and a BM in Music Education from Concordia College.
McAlister Andrea Andrea McAlister is Director of Digital Content and Senior Editor for Piano Magazine. She is Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Dr. McAlister is in frequent demand as a clinician and has recently presented lectures on the language of teaching and educational technology at the MTNA Conference and the International Society for Music Education Conference.
SaraErnstPhoto2 Sara Ernst is Director of Teacher Engagement for The Frances Clark Center. She serves as Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate pedagogy courses, Dr. Ernst coordinates group piano, directs the piano preparatory program, and teaches applied piano.
Craig Sale Craig Sale, NCTM, is Director of Online Courses and Senior Editor for Piano Magazine. Before retiring, he was Director of the Preparatory & Community Piano Program at Concordia University Chicago, where he also taught courses in piano pedagogy. He holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, and a Professional Teaching Certificate from The New School for Music Study, where he received his pedagogical training from Frances Clark.
Beth 175x175 Beth Amoroso is Business Manager for the Frances Clark Center, which includes The New School, Piano Magazine, and The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Previously she worked as the Administrative Assistant for Dining Services at The College of New Jersey. She graduated from TCNJ with a Bachelors degree in Communication.
Anna Beth Rucker Anna Beth Rucker is the Administrative Operations Manager for the Frances Clark Center. She teaches at the Faber Piano Institute in Ann Arbor, MI. She holds a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from East Carolina University. She previously worked as Assistant Director of the Southeastern Piano Festival.
Allison Shinnick sq Allison Shinnick is The Frances Clark Center's Digital Communications and Marketing Coordinator. She teaches at The New School for Music Study in Kingston, New Jersey. She holds a Masters of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where she studied piano with Dr. Robert Weirich. Allison completed a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music (Appleton, WI) with majors in piano performance and oboe performance and a minor in German. She studied piano with Dr. Catherine Kautsky, oboe with Howard Niblock, and pedagogy with Mary Van De Loo.
Esther 175x175 Esther Hayter is the Event and Projects Communications Coordinator for The Frances Clark Center. She was the Post-Graduate Fellow at the New School for the 2017-18 school year. She recently received a Masters of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from Texas Christian University, where she studied under Dr. Tamas Ungar and Dr. Ann Gipson. She previously received a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Washington State University, where she studied with Drs. Jeff and Karen Savage. Esther also enjoys performing, both solo and collaborative, and as a church musician.
LauEmily Emily Lau is The Frances Clark Center's Video Content Curation Coordinator. She teaches at The New School for Music Study, and also maintains a private studio in Metuchen. She hails from Chicago, where she received the 2013 Member of the Year Award from the Chicago Area Music Teachers Association for her active service to the community. She holds piano performance degrees from Roosevelt University and University of Michigan. She has served as faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, as well as a teaching assistant at the New York Summer Music Festival.