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ASC honors Clara Jones for lifetime achievement
Piano instructor lauded for artistic contributions
 
Published Thursday, October 18, 2012 8:23 am
by Michaela L. Duckett

The Arts and Science Council recognized longtime music instructor Clara Jones for the impact of her contributions on Charlotte’s cultural community.

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Longtime music instructor Clara Jones has earned an ASC Honors award from the Arts & Science Council. Jones, 82, has taught hundreds of students keyboard instruments since the 1950s.


At a reception ceremony on Oct. 16 at the Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, Jones received the ASC Honors. The award is given every three years and recognizes exceptionally creative individuals whose lifetime contributions have enriched the social history of Charlotte-Mecklenburg.


Jones, 82, began her teaching career in the 1950s with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. After retiring from the school district, Jones gave private lessons in the Lincoln Heights home she shared with her late husband Cedric. Their home had to be expanded six times to accommodate all of her students and 26 pianos of various sizes.


Over the past six decades, Jones has taught hundreds of students. When asked in a previous interview with The Post how many, she admitted she’d lost count. “There are too many,” she said.


In addition to teaching piano, Jones also spent a number of years serving as minister of music and choir director at First Baptist Church-West. Each year, the church sponsors the Clara H. Jones Summer Institute, a 12-week program geared to developing fine arts and academic skills.


Other 2012 recipients of the ACS Honors include Robert Corbin, Wesley Mancini, Dan Morrill and Kathy Reichs. In addition, Byron Baldwin, Andrew West and Libby Withrow were recognized for lifetime achievement in teaching arts, science and history to students through The Cato Lifetime Achievement in Teaching Awards.  


The recipients received a bronze medallion by N.C. artist Joanna Goldberg along with a cash award.


“Our community is fortunate to have creative individuals who live, work and have made a significant impact in arts, science and history,” said ASC President Scott Provancher in a statement. “ASC is proud to honor them along with the other recipients for their contributions to our cultural community.”

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