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Margie V. Marrs - Resume

Pearl M. Taylor Professor of Music
Music Department - Coe College
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 USA

Margie V. Marrs

Office Phone: (319) 399-8604
FAX: (319) 399--8830


Professional Work Experience

Alexander Technique


B.S. cum laude in Music Education, Kansas State University (1966)

Royal Academy of Music, London (1966-1967); funded by Rotary International Scholarship
M.A. in Voice and Piano, Washington State University (1970)
Alexander Technique Teacher Certification (2011)



Coe College (1978- ): Professor of Music; responsibilities include teaching voice, vocal diction, vocal literature and vocal pedagogy.

Master Classes: Chinese University of Hong Kong (1994); China Conservatory of Music, Beijing (1994, 2002); Shenyang Conservatory of Music, Shenyang (2000, 2002, 2004); Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul (2000); Inner Mongolia Normal University, Hohhot (2002), Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou (2006).

Sam Houston State University (1973-1978): Instructor in Voice.

Washington State University (1971-1972): One-year position as instructor of piano, accompanying, and music theory.

Westmar College (1970-1971): Instructor of voice and piano.

Washington State University (1968-1970): Graduate assistant in voice, class piano, accompanying, and music theory.

Private studio teaching (1967-1972): Preparatory piano, voice, violin.


Music Department Chair (1987- 99) (2007-2010): Responsible for supervising staff of 27 faculty and coordinating all music department functions, from developing curriculum to overseeing use of music equipment and physical plant.

Co-director and teacher with Dr. Robert Marrs in overseas London/Florence Program, sponsored by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (January-June, 1993).

Choir Director and Soprano Soloist, Temple Judah (1979-99).

Director of Thomas Houser's Explorations in Singing Workshops at Coe College.


Edited and supervised publication of Whither Little Path, an anthology of Czech and Slovak folk songs transcribed and arranged by Alma Turechek (Coe Review Press, 1999). Recorded CD in 2001 for the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library.

Professional Organizations and Honoraries:

Mu Phi Epsilon (Faculty Advisor, Mu Psi Chapter), National Association of Teachers of Singing (Iowa Governor 2002-2006), Music Teacher's National Association, American Society for the Alexander Technique, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda, Pi Delta Phi, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Alpha Mu.


Private voice study with Thomas Houser, New York City, 3-4 weeks per year since 1980. Private study with Barbara Aurora since 1995. Prior voice study with Frances Bible, Dorothy Barnes, and Lloyd Linder.

Participant in the International Congress of Voice Teachers; Helsinki, Finland (2001); Vancouver, B.C. (2005).

Participant in the Seventh and Ninth Annual Conferences on the Use and Care of the HumanVoice; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1987 and 1989).

Sabbatical Studies: Alexander Technique Teacher Training with Joan and Alex Murray and Rose Bronec (2010-2011); ten weeks of Alexander Technique Teacher Training with Jane Heirich (2005). Observation of master classes taught by Ann Murray, Aldeburgh, England (2000); private coaching with Ruth Drucker at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore (1989, 2000, 2003); observations of voice and vocal literature classes at the Guildhall School of Music in London (1989); private voice study with Vera Rozsa, London, England (1984).

Workshop participant in Explorations in Singing (1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999), conducted by Thomas Houser.

Participant in National Association of Teachers of Singing Workshops in Yankton, South Dakota; Madison, Wisconsin; Houston, Texas; San Jose, California; New Brunswick, New Jersey; and Miami, Florida.

Participant in the Oren Brown Voice Seminars at Amherst, Massachusetts (1980-1982): private voice study with Thomas Houser and Alexander Technique with Barbara Kent.

Master Classes with Adele Addison, Phyllis Curtin, and Jan de Gaetani.

Aspen Music Institute (1975); private voice lessons with Adele Addison; vocal techniques study with Jan de Gaetani; diction study with Thomas Paul, Daniel Ferro, and Thomas Moran.

Washington State University: Intensive eight-week French course (1972); intensive German course (1974).

Paris-American Academy (Paris, France): Study of the French mélodie and private voice with M. Paul Derenne (1973).


American Society for the Alexander Technique Teacher Certification (2011) with Joan and Alex Murray at Alexander Technique Center Urbana. Additional studies with Rose Bronec (2010-present), the Fellside Centre in Kendal, Cumbria (2009, 2011, 2012); Jane Heirich (2005, 2008, 2012), Mary Eagle (1988-2002), Misha Magidov in London (Spring, 1993), Frank Ottiwell and Pamela Blanc (2004).


Since coming to Coe College, my performance record includes over 20 faculty recitals (most recently September 2005) and appearances as a soprano soloist in programs such as the following:

Orff's In trutina, Coe College Concert Band (2008)

Ned Rorem 80th Birthday Celebration (2003)

Soloist in Jerry Owen’s Sesquicentenial Commission One by One – Coe College Orchestra & Choir (2001)

Mozart’s Zeffiretti, lusinghieri, Coe College Orchestra (2001)

Solo Vocal Recitals in China: China Conservatory of Music, Beijing (1994, 2002); Shenyang Conservatory of Music, Shenyang (2000, 2002); Inner Mongolia Normal University, Hohhot (2002)

A Tribute to Francis Poulenc (1999)

American Folksong Presentations; Damascus, Syria (1998)

Coe College Baroque Chamber Ensemble: over 70 performances in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Indiana, Michigan, and South Dakota (1995-2004)

Soloist on the 36th & 37th Annual Iowa Composers Concert (1996, 1997)

“Rejoice Greatly”: lecture recital at the MTNA National Convention; Dallas, Texas (1997)

Imant Raminsh’s Missa Brevis in C Minor, Coe College Women’s Chorale (1997)

Rutter’s Requiem, Coe Concert Choir (1997)

“French Poetry and the Music of Claude Debussy”; premiere of Debussy’s La fille aux cheveux de lin (recital, 1996)

Copland's In the Beginning (1995)

"Concert of Music of Louise Talma"; MTNA National Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1992)

Fauré's Requiem and Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music (1991)

"American Authors and the American Art Song"; a series of four lecture-recital presentations (1990)

Gluck's Orfeo and Euridice, Little Glyndebourne at Brucemore (1990)

Brahms' Requiem, Coe College, (1988)

"An Evening of Broadway's Best Duets"; duet recital with Richard Hoffman (1988)

Buxtehude's Cantate Domino, Grinnell (1987)

Haydn's The Creation, Coe Concert Choir and Orchestra (1986)

Kedron Consort Recital, University of Northern Iowa (1985); other performances include programs at Des Moines Art Center & St. Ambrose College (1990); Chinese University of Hong Kong, Nihon University, Waseda University, and the International School of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo (1994); Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea (2000); Coe College (2000)

NATS Contemporary Music Program, Rice University, Houston, Texas (1985)

Mozart Requiem, Coe Concert Choir & Chamber Orchestra (1985)

Handel's Messiah, Chamber Singers of Iowa City (1983)

Vaughan Williams' Hodie, Cedar Rapids Chamber Orchestra (1983)

Recital of Vocal Chamber Duets, NATS National Convention, Louisville, Kentucky (1981)

Handel's Messiah, Cedar Rapids Symphony (1980)