Listee Features — Music

Carol Modesitt


Carol Ann Modesitt is a professor of music and former chair of the department of music at Southern Utah University, where she has taught voice, opera, diction and vocal pedagogy for more than three decades. She joined the faculty at Southern Utah University in 1993, helping establish and develop the school’s voice program into one of the best in the region, and guiding her students to win more than 200 state- and national-level awards for performance. Currently, she is the head of Southern Utah University’s voice department and director for the school’s award-winning musical theater and opera productions. During her time with the university, Ms. Modesitt has directed more than 40 student productions of repertory classics including “La Boheme,” “Don

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Born with an innate talent for music, Randi Stroh, MM, started playing piano at the age of 5 and began her formal music education in high school. She continued her studies at Smith College in Massachusetts before joining the University of Colorado Boulder, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 1975 and a Master of Music from the university’s College of Music in 1982. Bringing a creative touch to everything she does, she attributes her success to the excellent teachers who influenced her over the years as well as her own perseverance and adaptability. Ms. Stroh also notes that she was greatly influenced by her mother, Edith Virginia Gronningsater; her grandmother, Annabel Seldomridge; and her great-grandmother, Irene Seldomridge.

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Kim Martin, Mary Ellen Marth


Kim Martin, also known as Mary Ellen Marth, is a writer, entertainer, and band leader who has found acclaim recording and touring the United States and Canada since the 1960s. Born and raised on a farm in Minnesota, Ms. Martin discovered her musical gifts at a young age and some of her earliest memories are of practicing by singing to the birds and squirrels outside her bedroom. By the age of 5, she had been singing and taking tap dancing lessons for several years and had already developed a strong stage presence and a love for performing. She got her start not long after, when her mother took her to Minneapolis to audition for the backing band on “Slim Jim’s

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Sharon Radashaw


Sharon Lee Radashaw, BME, MM, is a lifelong educator and entertainer specializing in vocal music and musical theater, acting, and dance. Precociously talented, she began tap dancing at the age of four and continued to develop her performance skills with the support of her family. She earned a Bachelor of Music in music education at Eastern Michigan University in 1959 and a Master of Music at Michigan State University in 1962, and holds teaching credentials in both California and Michigan. Dedicated to perfecting her craft, Ms. Radashaw continued to pursue postgraduate coursework at the University of California and the University of San Diego until the late 1990s. She began teaching music in Mason Public Schools and Waverly Schools near Lansing,

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Joyce Priess


A gifted teacher, singer, and multi-instrumentalist with a lifelong passion for keyboard instruments, Joyce Marie Priess is now retired, having concluded her career as a piano and theory teacher for Friends University. Born and raised in rural Saint John, Kansas, she began playing the piano as a young child and added the organ shortly after. She soon recognized her talent for music and her love for all aspects of performance and theory, and spent most of her free time practicing the piano as a teen. Ms. Priess sought to turn her enthusiasm into a career, and she attended Bethany College to study music with the aid of a Presser scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Music in applied piano in 1955,

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Marilyn Immoos


First studying at the New England Conservatory and California State University, Marilyn Sue Immoos, PhD, concluded her early education at Mozarteum University Salzburg in Austria, and embarked on her career as a concert singer in Vienna in 1974. Fascinated with the human voice and the effects of music on human emotion, she decided to involve herself in psychology and joined the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center as a part-time assistant psychologist and trainer and the Fischhof Institute of Managerial Psychology as a part-time managerial psychologist in 1979. This work overlapped with her time as a mezzo-soprano with the City Theater in Luzen, Switzerland, from 1981 to 1984. In 1986, Dr. Immoos worked as a music therapist at the Psychiatric University Clinic in

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Nancy Jensen


Having wanted to play the piano since age 6, Nancy Daggett Jensen was thrilled when she received a piano for her 10th birthday. She began teaching just four years later at age 14, when a neighborhood kid expressed interest in learning to play. Embarking on her formal studies at San Jose State University, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1964 and a Master of Arts in 1967, establishing herself as a private piano teacher in Los Altos, California, later that same year. Over the years, she continued to further her knowledge of the field, completing postgraduate coursework at the Aspen Music Festival and School and studying under several prolific pianists. She was notably certified as a master teacher in

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Barbara Belew


Growing up, Barbara J. Belew was exposed to the piano through her mother, who was a piano teacher. Naturally, she developed a love for music and began playing the piano at the age of five. After experimenting with the harp, she realized that she enjoyed the instrument greatly and wanted to pursue a career in music. Ms. Belew earned a Bachelor of Music from Hardin-Simmons University with summa cum laude honors in 1951. Moreover, she concluded her academic efforts with a Master of Music from Indiana University in 1953. A certified music teacher, Ms. Belew excelled as an associate professor of music at McNeese State University for many decades. In addition to this appointment, she currently serves as a harpist

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Katherine Musat


Initially, Katherine G. Musat wanted to pursue a career in medicine as a doctor. However, in the summer between her sophomore and junior years of high school, she realized her father wouldn’t be able to afford medical school. She was a great musician and she just pressed forward with that. A graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, she initially earned a Bachelor of Music in education in 1966. She concluded her academic efforts with a Master of Education from Mount St. Joseph University in 1988. A certified teacher in the State of Ohio, Ms. Musat has most recently excelled as a part-time music educator at Baldwin Wallace University since 1985. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Musat served as the director of

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Prior to embarking upon her professional path, Mary J. Auerbacher pursued an education at the University of Redlands in California, earning a Bachelor of Arts in biology in 1944. When she first began attending university, she had previously come from a congregational church in Los Angeles, where she sang in their choir. Following this accomplishment, she began her career as a first grade teacher at the Migratory Camp in Indio, California, between 1944 and 1945. Concluding her academic efforts at the University of Redlands with a Bachelor of Music in organ performance in 1947, Ms. Auerbacher subsequently founded the Valley Preparatory School in Redlands, California, in 1958, where she also worked as a music teacher from 1960 to 1976. One

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