Index of Memorial Resolutions and Biographical Sketches
AMANDA V. LETHCO
Amanda Vick Lethco, professor emeritus in the Keyboard Division of the School of Music, died on February 20, 2000, in Peterborough, New Hampshire. She was 78.
Professor Lethco was born on October 25, 1921, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and graduated from Vicksburg High School. She attended All Saints Episcopal College in Vicksburg and Mississippi Women's University before receiving, in 1942, a bachelor's degree in piano performance and music education from Northwestern University. She received a master's in piano performance at Northwestern in 1944 and attended the Juilliard School of Music in 194445.
After teaching studio piano and music history at The University of Texas at Austin as an assistant professor from 1945 through 1947, Professor Lethco maintained a private studio in New York City, 196567, and in Houston, 196777. In 1977 she returned to UT Austin, where she taught until she retired in 1993. During the course of her career, she gave workshops and piano master classes throughout the United States and in Canada, Europe, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia.
She and Dr. Willard Palmer wrote Creating Music at the Piano, a 19-volume educational series published by Alfred Publishing Company, in New York, that has been translated into seven languages. A colleague evaluated the piano method presented in the series as being among the top three methods available for teaching piano to children. When Northwestern University awarded her its Alumni Merit Award in 1997, another colleague said that Professor Lethco's piano project and piano workshops "have touched more students' lives than the work of anyone else in the field." In 1972, Professor Lethco was awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities degree from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington.<signed>
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Nancy Richey and posted on the Faculty Council web site on December 4, 2000. Additional biographical sources can be found in the UT Austin School of Music, Office of Public Affairs, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, and Barker Texas History Center.