Jordan Kramer '18

Major: Early Childhood Education
Hometown:Mentor, Ohio

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Karen Patterson (BHM) 2006

On February 7, 2006, cellist Karen Patterson and her three person band (bass guitar, piano, and drums) graced Mount Union with their rhythmic Black History Month performance. It was very thrilling to hear Ms. Patterson play " Motherless Child."

Our keynote performance for Black History Month is cellist Karen Patterson. Ms. Patterson has performed and taught cello for over ten years. Her experience is as varied and unique as the repertoire she performs (jazz, spirituals, classical and contemporary works) and the audiences she reaches (from throughout the United States, South America and Europe).

Ms. Patterson began her cello studies in an experimental school at the age of eight. She earned her undergraduate degree from Ohio University and her graduate degree from Antioch International University, in both cases combining the study of performance with traditional education. Ms. Patterson specialized in German Language Studies at the Goethe Institute and cello with Gerhard Hamann at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Trossingen, Germany. In addition, she has played in the master classes of Mistislav Rostropovich and Janos Starker and studied jazz improvization with Keter Betts, bassist for Ella Fitzgerald.

Ms. Patterson's musical artistry provides the basis for an array of performance options, each one a unique celebration of humanity. In creating these performances, Ms. Patterson integrates a variety of different art forms, including music, visual art, dance and theatre. For the audience members, her efforts produce not just a performance, but a spiritual and emotional experience.

Ms. Patterson has taught for several years to a variety of students. She taught German music students at the Stadt. Jugendmusikschule in Singen and Radolfzell. Under a special initiative for Rudgers University, she designed and conducted music programs for inner city youth throughout New Jersey. She was a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music, where she taught World Music.

Patterson believes that when she plays the cello, that she is a vessel for something bigger than herself. Every one of her performances from the Underground Railroad Stroll to the Village Meeting - is a celebration of humanity. She integrates a variety of arts - performance, visual, dance and theatre - to tell stories ... stories concerned with our history and culture and our musical heritage, stories that celebrate the beauty of diversity, stories that demonstrate the value of cooperation and the idea of commonality.

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