Her name was Frances Parr, an eccentric, larger-than- life spinster who taught music to 4th-7th graders
for eons at the Rosemont School of
personal friends—the costume lady,
the prompter and the conductor. We
toured the sets and occasionally met
famous operatic singers like Maria
Callas. Of course, before we arrived,
until the conductor turned around.
just music from Miss Parr. I learned
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Miss Parr immersed us in music. As
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aged us to make shadow-boxes from
Maria Callas, who played Medea, was
not wearing her contact lenses when
she groped to recover the dagger. We
ask, “What instrument do you hear?”
the sounds they made. She taught us
how to conduct using hand motions.
We could identify famous music halls
like La Scala, the Metropolitan, the
cert contralto, Marian Anderson, sing
lous field trips, including etiquette, to
educational experiences and our lives’