Clara Fuson String Quartet
The Clara Fuson String Quartet was established to give four gifted string musicians the opportunity to play from the world’s extensive repertoire of string quartet music.
The quartet is named after Clara Fuson, a wonderful lady who loved music and the Lord. The Clara Fuson String Quartet performs at events in the department of music and for weddings, concerts and banquets on campus and in the surrounding area. The ensemble is under the direction of Mrs. Carol Harrison.
Some words from Clara Fuson's pastor, Rev. Michael Olmsted:
"Clara Fuson was one of the charter members of University Heights Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri. She was a school teacher and trained violinist who played in the Springfield Symphony for many years.
She was an innovator who developed a graded choir program to encourage children to appreciate music and to offer praise from the earliest age. Her program influenced many other churches across the nation to develop music programs for children. She also developed a handbell choir for her church.
Clara was a deeply committed Christian who was an encourager, especially for young people. She could entertain by playing both classical violin pieces and songs like 'Turkey in the Straw.' She was a serious musician, and also lots of fun."