Title: Violin Teacher, Freelance Violinist, Eucharistic Minister
Location: Mobile, Alabama, United States
Elizabeth Irene French, PhD, Violin Teacher, Freelance Violinist and Eucharistic Minister, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.
One of Dr. French’s earliest memories includes seeing Sergei Rachmaninoff with her father when she was four years old. It was his final performance before he passed away and his encore performance of Prelude in C# minor stuck in her memory. She began training in music when she was in fifth grade and quickly found it was her calling. She began teaching music with the Kingsport Symphony Association in 1962 and continued her career teaching music at the Birmingham Schools until 1966. In 1969, Dr. French explored her interests in science, becoming a NASA trainee in biology at the University of Mississippi until 1973. Following this, she taught biology as an assistant professor, and then associate and full professor at Mobile College (now the University of Mobile), until retiring in 2008.
Dr. French has performed among many musical groups throughout her career. She has played violin with the Alabama Artists Series, the Fairhope Concert Series, the Faulkner State Community College Concert Series, the University South Alabama Orchestra and the University of South Alabama Opera Orchestra. In 1985, she was named Career Woman of the Year by Gayfer’s, Inc. and is the recipient of the Archdiocesan Christ the King Medal. She has maintained professional affiliation with the National Association of Music Education, the Association of Southeastern Biologists, the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, the Wildness Society and a variety of other organizations.
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