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Phipps, Nema, 1887
    Died January 4, 1970

Nema Phipps was born in Lexington, Kentucky, on February 22, 1887. She was a graduate of the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and taught piano at Albion College for four years.

During this time, Darlene Miller returned to Albion to fulfill a performance request. Rehearsal time would be limited so she asked for an accompanist who was good at sight-reading. Nema Phipps was suggested and the two performed so well together that they joined forces to establish the Miller-Phipps Studio, and for many years they traveled widely as co-recitalists.

Nema was also a concert pianist and the organist at the Presbyterian Church. Her most famous pupil was Clifford Herzer, a concert pianist. Nema died on January 4, 1970.

Source: Albion Public Library, Local History Room

From: Albion AAUW. Some Notable Women of the Albion Area. Albion, Michigan: American Association of University Women. 1998.

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