I enjoyed my wonderful music career completely! Teaching vocal music, private piano, and then the switch to church music in my 30's enabled me to serve as Choirmaster/Organist, and Director of Handbell Choirs, Youth Choirs, and Children's Choirs for 42 fabulous years. Enjoyed collaboration with other church choirs for Annual Hymn Festivals, Cantatas, and Concerts to raise monies for City Ministries. Am currently still teaching piano, and continuing to be very active in the Buffalo Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota (professional women's music fraternity). Loved participating in planning and directing in all of the Choral Reading Sessions for the ACHS Alumni Reunion Weekend, organized by classmate, John Roberts.
Having come from a musical family, I thank my parents, and all of the music teachers in the Amherst schools - especially Walter Reitz, for recognizing my talent, and encouraging me to pursue music. What a privilege to have graduated from Amherst!
The last day of 6th grade at Harlem Rd. School, I decided to get a "final glimpse" of the beloved halls. When I got to the top floor (5th grade rooms) I just had to try out those nice banisters, even though that was not permitted. I gleefully went from the top floor all the way to the bottom, by the gym. Guess who was standing there? Mr. Tom Davis, our Principal.
I felt a sudden bit of fear in this 'uh oh' moment, and he tried to keep a stern face which was impossible. I'll never forget his comment to me: "Marilyn, we don't do things like this in our school." .... "I know, Mr. Davis" I replied. Then with a grin he said, "Well, it IS the last day of 6th grade...and I won't tell your father." I lucked out: Mr. Davis and my father had gone to Buff State together and were friends.
But at that moment Mr. Davis knew exactly what to say to me with a smile And that was the only time I ever got in trouble in school.