2003 Recipient of the Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching

Associate Professor of Music John Lease

The Clarke College Board of Trustees established the Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching in honor of former President Meneve Dunham. A review committee of faculty and students recommends the selected recipient to the president.

John Lease has served in the Clarke music department since 1971. Prior to joining the Clarke faculty, he taught vocal music at Wahlert High School, Allamakee Community High School and Lisbon Community Schools. He continues to serve as a voice consultant for Mercy Hospital in Dubuque.

As a performer, he has traveled throughout the world, including performances in Europe, Japan and the famed Carnegie Hall. Over the years, he has been a frequent soloist with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Lease has led international choir tours around the world, including trips to Japan, Hong Kong, China, Austria, Italy, India, Poland and more.

“John knows how much work goes into building a career in our field, because he has done it. I am most astounded by his dedication and energy,” said a student in his recommendation for Lease. “I have never been more inspired in my life than when I think about the work I have done with John Lease.”

Lease holds a bachelor’s degree from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.

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