Marilyn is an elementary music educator in the Shawnee Mission School District, located in the metro Kansas City area. She teaches private piano and preschool music, and directs two church handbell choirs as well as the Heartland Ringers. She also directs the only hand chime choirs in the Shawnee Mission School District, made up of 5th and 6th grade musicians.

Marilyn has degrees in Music Education and Music Therapy from the University of Kansas and a Masters in Music Education from Emporia State University. She is a member of the Handbell Musicians of America, Sigma Alpha Iota Music fraternity, The National Association for Music Education (MENC), and the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA). She is a Past Chair of AREA 8, a five-state region within the Handbell Musicians of America. She has been ringing bells for over forty years, and plays the piano, sings, and performs on the carillon.

Marilyn was born and raised in Texas, mostly in the Dallas area. College took her to Kansas. She founded handbell choirs in Kansas at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, Stanley Presbyterian Church, Circle of Faith Christian Church, and Southminster Presbyterian Church, and in Palos Verdes, California at St. Peter’s By the Sea Presbyterian Church. Her talent is in building graded programs that feed on great music and great fellowship.

Marilyn has two adult children, a husband of 41 years, and 1 dog. In her spare time she enjoys KU basketball, quilting, kayaking, and geocaching.

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