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Chamness, Nancy, PhD
Beloved and admired by her students, Prof. Nancy Chamness, dedicated to making learning an enjoyable experience, specializes in music and German Literature.
- E 30th St 122 49423, United States
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- Earlham College, English Literature Â· Richmond, Indiana (1978); Hope College, Holland Mi
- Indiana University, MA, PhD Â· Comparative Literature Â· German Language and Literature (1993); Albert Ludwigs Universitaet, Fulbright Scholar Â· Deutsche Muisk und Literatur-Freiburg, Germany (1992)
- American Association of Teachers of German; Word and Music Society; International Group for Scholars of Literature and Music; American Comparitive Literature Association; Fulbright Alumni
- Interrealationship of Literature and Music; German Theatre, Introduction to German Meisterwerke, Germanic Civilization: Myth and Mythology, German Literature and Music, and offers an Internship in German courses.
- Ftall Knecht Award; Fulbright Award
- Volunteer Work/ Charities:
- Boy scouts and Girl scouts of America
- Public Speaking:
- Lectures, seminars at the college on German Theatre, Introduction to German Meisterwerke, Germanic civilizationm myth and mythology, German literature and music, Short story, Thomas Mann, Grimms Fairytales, German Poetry and Lieder ,
- Hobbies/ Interests:
- oboe and literature; poetry, drama, short story collections, Russian and French literature, German literature.
Nancy Chamness experienced a happy, supportive childhood, but was acutely aware of the expectations placed on her. At home, her teacher mother and pilot father encouraged her innate independence, drive, and love of reading. But at school, Dr. Chamness was strongly discouraged from participating in sports and other masculine activities. This combination of conflicting influence drove her to overcome obstacles and defy expectations – and make great strides in the arts, namely history, literature, language, and music. At age 12 Nancy began taking oboe lessons which became a lifelong passion. Professional oboe lessons weren’t accessible at the naval base where she grew up so she learned from a teacher who came down from Washington DC and met Nancy at her high school where she proceeded to learn how to play in the parking lot of the school. This will be a sign of things to come. This instilled in her the drive and tenacity to do the things she loved without letting obstacle’s deter her. Within two years Nancy was playing first solo oboe at a summer music camp orchestra. This is something Dr. Chamness looks back on with pride to this day.
After graduating from high school, Dr. Chamness intended to study oboe performance, but found she couldn’t compete with her more classically trained peers. She devoured the material in all of her core classes, but was finally forced to choose a field of study in her junior year. Nancy faced a painful choice: spend the summer at world-famous Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, or spend the summer and fall studying in Austria and Germany. She chose the latter, and, as she says, “the die was cast.” After her foreign studies, Dr. Chamness returned to Earlham College and decided to combine what she learned with her love of literature to pursue teaching at the college level. She later completed her masters in German literature.
Dr. Chamness is a retired Associate Professor in Hope College’s Department of Modern and Classical Language, and has previously taught in Germany and at her alma mater. Most recently, she has taught German Theatre, Introduction to German Meisterwerke, Germanic Civilization: Myth and Mythology, German Literature and Music, and offers an Internship in German courses. She is beloved and admired by her students for her dedication to finding the best way to convey her material – not just teaching by rote. One student review explains, “Dr. Chamness is incredibly flexible in her lesson plans. She adapts the syllabus to the abilities and needs of the students as the course progresses,” without lowering academic standards. “She is very dedicated to class being an enjoyable experience.”
In her free time, Dr. Chamness has yet to become bored with her original pursuits, the oboe and literature; she still loves gobbling up poetry, drama, short story collections, Russian and French literature, and of course, German literature. She is also the proud mother of a conscientious, motivated, brand-new college graduate.