OYER, Mary K. b. Hesston, Kansas, 5 April 1923. Distinguished teacher, music historian, and global hymnologist, Oyer attended Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana (BA, 1944), and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (MM, 1947), her DMA (1958) was the first given in cello performance by that institution. She taught music history and theory, led an advanced college choir, and played cello in regional orchestra and chamber groups. At Goshen College (1945-87), her signature course, ‘Introduction to the fine arts’, opened the historical and aesthetic dimensions of music and visual arts for several generations of Mennonite students. In retirement she taught church music, hymnology,...
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