The history of making music is so much more than dull stories about a bunch of "dead white guys" – and even they have some fascinating things to share! Take part in this comprehensive overview that covers the span of Western European music history from the perspectives of some of the key men and women who shaped it. Learn about their light and dark sides, their struggles, frustrations and triumphs, allies and enemies, and their very real connections with what we do today.

Instructor: Kaye Clements

Clements,_Kaye_headshot_2013Kaye Clements joined the VanderCook faculty in the mid 1980’s and, until her retirement in 2012, taught applied flute and music history and served as Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Year after year she has collected accolades from undergraduate and graduate students for “bringing music history to life” and, in recognition,  the VanderCook Board of Trustees has designated her Professor Emerita of Flute and Music History.  An active performer and teacher in the Chicago area for many years, she has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Flute Performance and Music History from the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University and two years of doctoral work in Musicology at the University of Chicago.  As principal flute and a frequent featured soloist with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra she performed throughout the Midwest and on three well-reviewed European tours.  She performed and recorded with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque as principal recorder and has played flute and/or recorder with many other ensembles, including the Lyric Opera Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony.  She is a frequent featured performer in Bach Week, Evanston and Handel Week, Oak Park.  As a member (with guitarist Pamela Kimmel) of the Cecilia Duo, Ms Clements has appeared in recitals throughout the Midwest, has been heard on WFMT’s “Live from Studio One” and in 2003 released the c.d. Sortilèges, French Music for Flute and Guitar.  Professor Clements is a frequent clinician and adjudicator and is co-author of theEssential Elements Recorder Classroom Method, published by Hal Leonard Corporation. She currently resides in Southwest Michigan, but returns frequently to the Chicago area where her passion for music history continues to inform both her performing and her teaching. 




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