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Harriet J. Marty

Harriet Meyer and Martin Marty were married in 1982. The St. Louis-born Lutheran pastor’s daughter holds the B.A. and M.A. from the University of Missouri at Columbia, where she majored in piano and minored in voice. That summer (1952) Harriet married Donald Meyer. Both Harriet and Don joined the faculty of Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, Illinois. (Don had been Marty’s college roommate). In 1956 Don died of melanoma just six weeks after the birth of their daughter, Ursula. Harriet resumed her teaching at Concordia Teachers College where she sang in various concerts and recitals.

After two years Harriet applied for and won a Fulbright Scholarship in voice to Munich, Germany. Upon her return she joined the faculty of Wheaton College where she taught voice and appeared in numerous concerts and recitals. After a short trip to Germany she came back and joined the faculty at Northern Illinois University. After that she taught at the University of Miami, and back in Chicago she free-lanced while singing in Rockefeller Chapel Choir, Chicago Symphony Chorus and the Lyric Opera Chorus. After several years she moved to Tacoma, Washington where she taught at Pacific Lutheran University.

For more than two decades Harriet has put substantial energies into encouraging young women musicians through the Musicians Club of Women and a monthly program which she produces called the Award-Winners in Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center. She serves as program chair for the American Opera Society and served in that capacity with the the Riverside Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago as well. She serves as a judge in vocal competitions for the Musicians Club of Women, the American Opera Society, and the Union League Club.

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