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Kim Martin, Mary Ellen Marth

KIM MARTIN

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

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 MARIE 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

MARILYN SUE 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

NANCY DAGGETT 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

BARBARA J. 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

KATHERINE G. 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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MARY J. AUERBACHER

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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Alicia Eller

ALICIA SUÁREZ ELLER

Growing up, Alicia Suárez Eller’s parents taught in the fields of music and agriculture in Chile. Eventually, she made the decision to follow in her parents’ footsteps and become a teacher. Upon relocating to North Carolina during the early 1960s, she attended Louisburg College and earned an Associate of Arts in 1965. Soon thereafter, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish teaching, cum laude, from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1970. Ms. Eller began her career as a fourth grade teacher at Gold Sand Elementary School in Louisburg, North Carolina, between 1970 and 1974. She further assumed employment with Louisburg High School as a Spanish teacher from 1975 until her retirement in 2001. After retiring as a

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Patricia Hayes

PATRICIA THORNTON HAYES

As a lifelong music educator, Patricia Thornton Hayes gained a passion for music when she was a little girl. She began playing the piano between the ages of 3 and 4 after watching her older sister play. She recalls being put in another room while her sister practiced, and she was forbidden from entering the room and interrupting. When her sister had finished her lesson, Ms. Hayes would enter the room and play exactly what she had heard her sister play. In doing so, she had demonstrated a fantastic ability to play by ear, a talent that few musicians have. Though she does not consider her grasp of musical theory to be strong, Ms. Hayes’ talent as a musician is

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