Mason, Marilyn (May)

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Mason, Marilyn (May)

Mason, Marilyn (May), American organist and pedagogue; b. Alva, Okla., June 29, 1925. She studied at Okla. State Univ. and the Univ. of Mich.; also took lessons with Boulanger, Duruflé, and Schoenberg, completing her studies at the Union Theological Seminary in N.Y. (D.S.M., 1954). She became a teacher at the Univ. of Mich, in Ann Arbor (1946); was made chairman of its organ dept. in 1962 and a prof. in 1965. She made many tours as a recitalist in North America, Europe, South America, and the Far East, performing commissioned works from such composers as Cowell, Finney, Kay, Krenek, and Sowerby.

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