Goshen College Associate Professor of Music Kathryn Sherer passed away on February 28, 2012 at the age of 79. To read her full obituary, please visit the Goshen College News & Events website.
Kathryn and Lon Sherer came to Goshen in 1959 upon Lon’s appointment to the music faculty as violin teacher and orchestra conductor. Kathryn, a 1954 Goshen College graduate, taught piano in the community from that time, and was also to become a member the GC faculty.
During the decade of the 60’s, Kathryn and colleague John T. O’Brien launched GC’s piano pedagogy program, which served children in the community with piano instruction from master teachers, along with GC student interns who were being mentored in piano pedagogy. This program eventually became the core of GC’s Community School of the Arts (CSA), formed in 2003 following the construction of the Music Center.
Other important contributions to GC’s music community by Kathryn include her work with John O’Brien to establish GC’s annual Piano Workshop and Academy, which continues after more than 40 years to serve piano teachers and students.
Kathryn was also an advocate and teacher for the Acorn Music Project implemented in the fall of 2000 under the direction of Professor Beverly Lapp, which provided access to lessons for many community children. Access through need-based scholarships continues to be an integral part of today’s CSA.
In 2004 Lon and Kathryn established an endowment to support the interests of accessibility and excellence in pedagogy so prevalent in their careers. The Lon and Kathryn Sherer Preparatory Music Endowment Fund serves the study of preparatory music at Goshen College in various ways, some of which are funding guest clinicians in pedagogy, providing need-based scholarships for CSA students and master classes and coachings for preparatory students and ensembles.
Kathryn’s legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of the hundreds of students whom she mentored. Her vision continues through the work of the Sherer endowment fund that will provide community children direct access to the highest quality professional teaching.
The Sherer family suggests that memorial gifts be sent to the Lon and Kathryn Sherer Preparatory Music Endowment Fund at Goshen College or the MCC-East Africa Fund for Hunger. For the Sherer Preparatory Fund, please indicate in the “Comments” box on the online form that you wish for your gift to benefit this fund in memory of Kathryn Sherer.