Pianist and pedagogue known for her mastery of Romantic-era composers.
She began her education at Carthage College and completed it at Wittenberg University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in music.
She began teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1978, where she remained for the rest of her career.
She wed Allen Shearer in 1964, a composer, singer, and frequent collaborator.
She was particularly skilled in Robert Schumann's music and was noted for the warmth and clarity she brought to it.