Frances Nobert: February 22, 2008
Frances Nobert is Professor Emerita of Music at Whittier College in Whittier, California. She earned the degrees Bachelor of Music from Salem College, Master of Music from Syracuse University and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California. As a recipient of a Fulbright Grant, she studied organ, harpsichord and piano in Germany. Her organ teachers have included John Mueller, Helmut Walcha and Arthur Poister. For many seasons she sang with the Los Angeles Master Chorale under the direction of Roger Wagner and served as the accompanist for a nationwide tour of the Roger Wagner Chorale.
She has performed for conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society, as well as for national and international festivals and conferences related to the position of women in the music profession. She has appeared as recitalist in many American cities and in Australia, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Korea and Spain.
Dr. Nobert has served the American Guild of Organists (AGO) as Pasadena Chapter Dean, South Coast District Convener, Region IX Councillor and member of the AGO National Nominating Committee.
Dr. Nobert has been resident organist or organist/director at Arcadia Presbyterian Church, United Church of Christ, Congregational, in Claremont, St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Whittier, First United Methodist Church in Pasadena, and interim organist or organist/director at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica, St. John's Episcopal Cathedral in Los Angeles and Claremont First United Methodist Church.
Dr. Nobert is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music Fraternity, ACME (Artists, Composers, Musicologists and Educators), Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha German Honorary Society, the Anglican Association of Musicians and the International Alliance for Women in Music. She is listed in numerous volumes of Who's Who and was selected as an International Woman of the Year in 1996-97.
Dr. Nobert may be heard on Organ Historical Society's recordings of the Organs of Maine and on the Raven label release, Music, She Wrote: Organ Compositions by Women.
Music, She Wrote
Organ Compositions by Women
Praeambulum from Six Pieces for Organ: Erzsébet Szönyi (b. 1924)
Partita on Schmücke Dich (Deck Thyself, My Soul, with Gladness): Jeanne Shaffer (1925-2007)
Dialog: Prelude with Choral: Ester Mägi (b. 1922)
Chorale Prelude on God Himself Is with Us: Roberta Bitgood (1908-2007)
Romantic Passacaglia on a Twelve-Tone Theme: Margaret Meier (b. 1936)
From Eight Chorale Preludes: Emma Lou Diemer (b. 1927)
Many and Great, O God, Are Thy Things (Lacquiparle)
The Lone Wild Bird (Prospect)
Wherever I May Wander (New England)
Prelude and Fugue in D minor, op. 16, no. 3: Clara Schumann (1819-1896)
Variations on Peter, Go Ring Dem Bells: Florence Beatrice Price (1887-1953)