Dr. Krista Hafez Clark was born and raised in the small community of Parma, Idaho. After completing grade school in Parma, she attended The College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music, Secondary Instrumental Music Education. Dr. Hafez Clark completed her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Boise State University, where she studied with Dr. Del Parkinson. In 2019 she earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Music (Piano Pedagogy) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) under the supervision of Dr. Brenda Wristen. While at UNL she had the distinct privilege of studying piano with Dr. Mark Clinton. Her dissertation, "The Effect of a Postural Intervention on Fatigue in University Piano Students," focused on a practical approach to limit the issue of fatigue, pain, and injury development in pianists, a topic of which she is extremely passionate.
Dr. Hafez Clark maintains active membership in numerous professional organizations, some of which include: Music Teachers National Association, National Association of Music Education, The College Music Society, Performing Arts Medicine Association, and Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity. She also served in officer positions for many of these organizations, most notably as President of the Lincoln Music Teachers Association, President of the UNL Collegiate MTNA chapter, and President of both her collegiate chapter and alumnae association of Kappa Kappa Gamma. In addition to her talents at the piano, she is also an accomplished saxophonist, having studied with Sandon Mayhew and Rodney Zuroeveste. Dr. Hafez Clark is privileged to work at her alma mater, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as a lecturer and advisor. She currently teaches private piano lessons in Lincoln, NE, in addition to serving as an accompanist for local churches and soloists. In her spare time, she loves to read, is an avid cook, and enjoys entertaining with her husband, Mitch.