Leveraging over 50 years of professional experience, Dr. Marilynn Smiley served with the State University of New York at Oswego as a faculty member in the music department beginning in 1961. She was appointed as a distinguished teaching professor in 1974 and attained teaching professor emerita status in 2014. Concurrently, she served as the chairperson of the music department from 1976 to 1981. Before joining SUNY Oswego, she was a public school music teacher in Logansport, Indiana, for seven years. During her tenure, Dr. Smiley was well-regarded for her expertise in ancient Greek music history and literature, as well as music from the Baroque and Renaissance periods, the classical works of Beethoven, American music history, medieval music and women in music. Possessing an abiding passion for music from a formative age, Dr. Smiley earned a Bachelor of Science from Ball State University, a Master of Music in musicology from Northwestern University, a certification from Ecoles d’Art Americaines in Fontainebleau, France, and a Doctor of Philosophy in musicology from the University of Illinois. She is the president of the Oswego branch of the American Association of University Women and the president of the board of directors of the Oswego Opera Theater.
Dr. Smiley’s career in music education was highlighted in a video segment by Marquis Who’s Who.
To commemorate her achievements, Dr. Smiley was distinguished for her contributions to the art community in a voiceover video by Marquis Who’s Who.
Dr. Smiley’s life and career were detailed in the second edition of Millennium, A Marquis Who’s Who Magazine.
Distinguished among her peers, Dr. Smiley graced her cover of the 12th edition of Millennium, A Marquis Who’s Who Magazine with a one-page feature inside.
Dr. Smiley was interviewed on her tenure in education in the fifth edition of Insight Magazine.
Dr. Smiley’s vocational journey was documented in a timeline of professional milestones in 2018.
For her longstanding career in education, Dr. Smiley’s life was celebrated in a timeline of professional milestones in 2023.
Dr. Smiley was featured in a newsletter in the summer of 2022, discussing her professional path and achievements.
Dr. Smiley’s professional accomplishments and activities were cited in a newsletter in the fall of 2022.
In celebration of her excellence in music education, Dr. Smiley was honored with a newsletter detailing her life in the fall of 2023.
Peruse Dr. Smiley’s personal website, a detailed account of her lifelong endeavors, vocational highlights and affiliations.
Distinguished among her peers, Dr. Smiley was featured on the Who’s Who of Professional Women website.
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