Marilynn Smiley

Marilynn J. Smiley, PhD

Professor Emerita | State University of New York at Oswego

Marilynn J. Smiley, PhD, is a professor emerita at the State University of New York at Oswego, where she taught for nearly four decades. Musically inclined since childhood, Dr. Smiley began playing piano at age seven and flute by age 12. She earned a Master of Music from Northwestern University and a certificate from the Ecoles d’Art Americaines in Fontainebleau, France, before completing her Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois in 1970. She began her career as a public school music teacher and joined the SUNY faculty in 1961. Dr. Smiley was named a Distinguished Teaching Professor in 1974 and became chair of the school’s music department in 1976. Dr. Smiley taught music history and theory from antiquity through the present with an emphasis on Baroque and Renaissance music and the work of female musicians and composers. She has written extensively and presented at conferences worldwide and holds leadership roles in numerous organizations and committees in her field. Dr. Smiley has been a member of the board of the Oswego Opera Theater since 1978, and she has recently completed state-funded research and reconstruction of “The Golden Cage,” a historical operetta written by refugees in the 1940s, in preparation for a new staging in late 2022.

Marquis Video Biography

A Marquis-produced video biography outlines Dr. Smiley’s professional journey and accomplishments.

Marquis Homepage

Dr. Smiley’s Marquis homepage curates selected awards, a professional biography, and more information about her work.

Professional Women

Dr. Smiley was profiled in Who’s Who of Professional Women in both 2018 and 2022.

Marquis Newsletter

Dr. Smiley provided updates on her work and future plans in the Fall 2022 Marquis Newsletter.

Marquis Humanitarian Award

Dr. Smiley was selected for the Marquis Worldwide Humanitarian Award in honor of her dedication to music and education.

Who's Who in the World

A global press release announces Dr. Smiley’s inclusion in Who’s Who in the World

Marquis Newsletter

Dr. Smiley shares her recent work in the arts in the Summer 2022 Marquis Newsletter.

Marquis Milestones Timeline

Dr. Smiley’s Marquis Milestones timeline outlines turning points in her career.

Marquis Millennium Magazine

Dr. Smiley was featured in the second edition of Marquis Millennium Magazine.

Marilynn Smiley
Marilynn Smiley

Top Professionals

Dr. Smiley’s long teaching career was recognized with inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who Top Professionals.

Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

A press release announces Dr. Smiley’s selection for the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.



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