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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
I Have Lived A Good Life Because I Have My Health, And I'm Able To Do.

Birthplace

Born:
6/25/1935
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
I Have Lived A Good Life Because I Have My Health, And I'm Able To Do.

Birthplace

Born:
6/25/1935
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Eileen Tate Cline was born June 25, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois. Education was very important in her family and music became Cline’s tool to help make the world a better place. Her mother, Inez Duke, was a dedicated elementary school teacher who became one of the first to teach Negro History. Her father, Herman Tate, was an influential community leader, who worked for the U.S. Postal Service and was active in the international Coop Movement.

Cline’s parents encouraged their children not to accept limitations. As a child, in addition to developing keen academic interests, Cline excelled in ballet, piano, and sports. She attended the University of Chicago Laboratory School and entered the College at age fifteen. Cline later earned two degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a master's degree from the University of Colorado, and a Ph.D. "with highest distinction" as a Danforth Fellow at Indiana University. Her dissertation on piano competitions has become recognized as the most important single source of information on that subject and related issues.

For three decades Cline held teaching and administrative positions in the university, public school, and community music school sectors in Indiana, Colorado, and Connecticut. While raising a family in Colorado, where her late husband was a linguist (passing away in 1978), she taught piano, directed the Boulder Children's Choir, was a church organist, and was active in numerous community and professional organizations.

From 1983 to 1995, Cline served as Dean of the Conservatory of Music at the Johns Hopkins University, then Senior University Fellow in Arts Policy at the Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies. Bringing a wealth of experience as a college and pre-college teacher, administrator, scholar and community activist, she oversaw major developments in quality and quantity of students, faculty, and curriculum. Cline was also mentor to a long list of young African American musicians active on the national and international scene today. In 1999, her retirement from the university was marked by a gathering of distinguished panelists and musicians for a symposium entitled The Arts in America: Lifeblood of a Nation and its Citizens - past, present, and future.

An award-winning author/educator active for nearly half a century in a broad range of professional and civic enterprises, Cline was a resource fellow at the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar, and served as Board member and advisor to numerous organizations, including American Symphony Orchestra League, Marlboro Music Festival, Institute for Theology and the Arts, North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance; and was a juror for the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Cline resides in Louisville, Colorado. She has two grown children and three grandchildren: son, Dr. Jonathan Cline, an information systems engineer at Mitre Corporation in McLean, Virginia, who has one son, William; daughter, Dr. Joy Cline Phinney, a Juilliard-trained pianist who lives with lawyer husband, A.W. Phinney, III and eight year old twins in Boston, Massachusetts. Her sister, Amy Tate Billingsley, is also a HistoryMaker.

Cline was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 20, 2006.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Eileen Cline's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Eileen Cline lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Eileen Cline describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Eileen Cline describes her relationship with her father as a young girl
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Eileen Cline describes her paternal family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Eileen Cline describes her memories of growing up in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Eileen Cline describes her childhood neighborhoods in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Eileen Cline describes her parents' characters and careers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Eileen Cline recalls her childhood impression of her parents and her freedom
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Eileen Cline recalls the lessons she learned in Morgan Park, Chicago
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Eileen Cline recalls lessons from her parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Eileen Cline talks about her family's values
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Eileen Cline recalls her parents' influence on her approach to life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Eileen Cline recalls her father's skepticism of organized religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Eileen Cline describes her experience with Christian Science
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Eileen Cline recalls the religious diversity in Morgan Park, Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Eileen Cline talks about her faith
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Eileen Cline explains her perception of God as a set of qualities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Eileen Cline recalls her elementary school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Eileen Cline recalls standing up to bullying as a schoolgirl
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Eileen Cline remembers her childhood aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Eileen Cline recalls her exposure to music as a child and her family's encouragement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Eileen Cline recalls her experience in elementary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Eileen Cline describes her exposure to music in elementary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Eileen Cline remembers attending the University of Chicago Laboratory School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Eileen Cline recalls her decision to study music in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Eileen Cline describes her experience at Oberlin College in Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Eileen Cline recalls how her family dealt with racial discrimination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Eileen Cline recalls her college degrees and her father's death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Eileen Cline recalls obtaining her first position as a music teacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Eileen Cline recalls her experience as a public school music teacher
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Eileen Cline recalls her rapport with students at Lincoln Elementary School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Eileen Cline talks about how she met and married her husband, William Cline
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Eileen Cline recalls her husband's career and her family's move to Colorado
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Eileen Cline talks about her family's life in Boulder, Colorado
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Eileen Cline talks about race relations in Colorado in the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Eileen Cline recalls her social gatherings
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Eileen Cline recalls her experience in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Eileen Cline recalls divorcing her husband and remarrying him
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Eileen Cline recalls her husband's death
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Eileen Cline recalls her difficulties before obtaining a job in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Eileen Cline recalls serving as executive director of Neighborhood Music School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Eileen Cline describes her experience at the Peabody Conservatory of Music
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Eileen Cline describes her accomplishments at Peabody Conservatory of Music
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Eileen Cline reflects upon the importance of music in her life's purpose
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Eileen Cline describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Eileen Cline talks about her twin granddaughters
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Eileen Cline talks about her participation on organizational boards
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Eileen Cline talks about her mother and her sister
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Eileen Cline talks about the subjects of her proposed books
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Eileen Cline narrates her photographs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of Eileen Cline's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Eileen Cline recalls living in Rosenwald Apartments in Chicago, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Eileen Cline recalls learning to skate
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Eileen Cline recalls living in Rosenwald Apartments in Chicago, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Eileen Cline recalls her father's involvement in the cooperative banking movement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Eileen Cline describes her involvement in sports in high school and college
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Eileen Cline talks about her disregard for elite society life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Eileen Cline talks about her upbringing and sources of strength
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Eileen Cline recalls the teachers who encouraged her in school
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Eileen Cline recalls her introduction to music
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Eileen Cline recalls her experience taking piano lessons in Chicago
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Eileen Cline recalls songs from her childhood
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Eileen Cline recalls her experience at the Circle Pines Center camp
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Eileen Cline talks about her interest in dance
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Eileen Cline recalls her musical education at University of Chicago High School
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Eileen Cline recalls her decision to attend Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Eileen Cline describes her experience at Oberlin Conservatory of Music
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Eileen Cline recalls her summer jobs during college
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Eileen Cline talks about her decision to teach music
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Eileen Cline recalls her piano lessons with Rudolph Ganz
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Eileen Cline recalls singing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra chorus
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Eileen Cline remembers learning to square dance in Morgan Park, Chicago
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Eileen Cline recalls the impact of her father's encouragement
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Eileen Cline talks about her husband, William Cline
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Eileen Cline remembers establishing a children's choir in Boulder, Colorado
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Eileen Cline remembers mountaineering in Boulder, Colorado
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Eileen Cline recalls a revelation she had while serving on the YWCA board
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Eileen Cline recalls her decision to attend Indiana University
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Eileen Cline recalls her husband's death
  • Tape: 8 Story: 11 - Eileen Cline describes her path to a career in music administration, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 12 - Eileen Cline describes her path to a career in music administration, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Eileen Cline recalls obtaining a position at Neighborhood Music School
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Eileen Cline describes her experience at Neighborhood Music School
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Eileen Cline recalls joining the staff of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Eileen Cline recalls joining the staff of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Eileen Cline recall becoming a dean at the Peabody Conservatory of Music
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Eileen Cline talks about her Ph.D. dissertation
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Eileen Cline describes her experience as dean of academic affairs
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Eileen Cline describes her work with international students at Peabody Conservatory of Music
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Eileen Cline describes her work with black students at Peabody Conservatory of Music
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Eileen Cline explanis her emphasis on an integrated academic experience
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Eileen Cline reflects upon how arts education is treated in the United States
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Eileen Cline reflects upon music education and the music industry
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Eileen Cline shares a message for future generations