Title: Musician, Director, Salem Distinguished Professor
Location: Pfafftown, North Carolina, United States
Barbara Lister-Sink, Musician, Director and Salem Distinguished Professor, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.
Ms. Lister-Sink felt compelled to perform and teach music at an early age, inspired by her mother, Annie Lee Fitzgerald, who was a talented lyric soprano, organist, musician and schoolteacher. She recalls how much her mother sacrificed to ensure that she received the best formal education in music. Through this support, Ms. Lister-Sink studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory, received a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College in 1969 and a Prix D’Excellence in piano from Utrecht Conservatory. She started her career as a keyboardist and piano instructor in Amsterdam and later joined the faculty at Duke University as a visiting lecturer. From 1979 o 1989, she taught as an associate professor at the Eastman School of Music before joining Salem College as the dean of the school of music. She remains an artist-in-residence and piano professor at the institution, as well as at the Brevard Music Center.
While Ms. Lister-Sink has received many accolades for her work, including the Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award from the Distinguished Music Teachers National Association, and being invited to speak at a TED talk with her foundation, she considers just being able to teach others music to be her greatest accomplishment. In addition to being grateful for her mother’s support, she has many other mentors, including Edith Lateiner-Grosz who helped her recover from a six-year-long playing-related injury. Ms. Lister-Sink has also been a pianist for the North Carolina Symphony and the New Hampshire Music Festival.
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