Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Kristin Leonard
Part 1


Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: A native of Minnesota, Kristin "Kip" Leonard attended the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and earned the Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Metropolitan State University in one of the first classes to graduate from that institution. As an undergraduate Kip worked for Hamline University's news bureau. Later she worked for the St. Paul Companies in St. Paul and following that for Zurich American Insurance Company in Chicago, as a reporter and an editor for employee publications. In 1977, after the arrival of twins Aaron and Joshua, Kip chose to stay at home to care for them and later for Teigen, who was born in 1979. Kip and Bill Leonard and their young family lived in Shakopee, Minnesota, where the twins started violin at age four, and from there moved to Sydney, Australia, and Toronto, Canada, before returning to Minnesota in 1985. Upon arriving in the Twin Cities area the Leonards chose to live within the Wayzata school district, partially because of the Suzuki method string program which Aaron and Teigen participated in for years. Later Kip and Bill became active volunteers with the secondary school strings and the school district's Fine Arts Council, and Kip returned to the work force as an independent editor and curriculum developer/writer. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Kip Leonard discusses her family's background in Suzuki and the family delight in coming to Wayzata and finding an early childhood string program integrated into the school day. She describes the various tours taken by the high school orchestra, the importance of those opportunities to the entire family and the work of her husband and her as volunteers. She discusses the discipline and quality exemplified by the high school program and the impact it has had upon the lives of her children. She ends by expressing regret for the cuts and hope for the future of string in Wayzata.
Quantity 1.5 hours sound cassette
15 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 00:27:21 running time
Creation Interviewer: Weber, Lynne
Interviewee: Leonard, Kristin
Made in Medicine Lake, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Medicine Lake, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 08/14/2001
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 109
Accession Number AV2007.12.23
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project'

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