Karen Clark's father was a bass player with a local jazz group. One of the other musicians in the group was also a music teacher and he needed a bass player for his orchestra. Ms. Clark filled in the position and hasn't stopped playing since.
She received her B.M. and M.M. in Music Education degrees from The University of Arizona. She has been an orchestra teacher for the Tucson Unified School District since 1972. She is also a member of the Music Educators National Conference and the American String Teachers Association.
Ms. Clark has been a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra since 1966, and is married to former TSO bass player Norman Clark. They have one son, Dana, who is a student at The University of Arizona. Ms. Clark's hobbies include horseback riding, square dancing, and line dancing.
What music is on your iPod?
Music on my ipod--believe it or not, I do not own one!! If I did, it would be a mix of classical and country.
I heard Rhapsody in Blue during an assembly in 7th grade and could not stop humming its melodies. I also conducted "Exodus" with the 7th grade orchestra at my junior high school. Why did you choose your instrument?
My father played bass with a local dance band and the clarinet player, who was also the instrumental music teacher at the junior high, needed a bass player in his orchestra! That ended my piano lessons!! What is your favorite music to perform? Genre or specific piece
I am a lover of all four of the Brahms symphonies! What do you do besides music?
I am a retired teacher from TUSD where I taught orchestra in grades 4 through 8 for 31 years. I now spend a lot of time riding my horse. Where did you go to school?
After graduating from Catalina HS, I received my Bachelor and Masters in Music Ed. from the University of Az. What are your favorite places in Tucson?
I love riding in Saguaro National Park east.
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