University of Minnesota Duluth
Department of Music
Earning undergraduate degrees in both mathematics and piano performance, Tracy Lipke-Perry embarked upon the dance that is her professional life—straddling a creative border with one foot firmly planted in the arts and the other firmly in science. Likewise, her doctoral degree is in music with a minor in neurophysiology, researching the mechanics of the performing pianist.
Perhaps both artists and scientists are incurable experimenters and problem solvers. Certainly, this describes her experiences and the path she seeks for the future, being the most creative, thoughtful, informed performer, teacher, researcher and steward she can be.
Lipke-Perry is using her appointment as an IonE resident fellow to develop an interdisciplinary concert/lecture/dramatic arts series modeled on the Schubertiade and dealing with the intersection of the arts and sciences, to host composer John Luther Adams in the first of these events, to initiate a touring solar-powered piano quartet, and to expand the curricular options of UMD’s students.