Margie Vathauer Marrs
Pearl M. Taylor Professor of Music, Emeritus
B.S., Kansas State University
M.A., Washington State University
Royal Academy of Music, London
Alexander Technique Teacher Certification
Margie V. Marrs has taught voice, diction, vocal literature and pedagogy, and music theory courses at Coe since 1978. She has been an active performer and most recently developed themed programs of American Song. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education at Kansas State University, she spent a year at the Royal Academy of Music in London on a Rotary Scholarship. In 1970 she completed a Master of Arts degree in voice and piano at Washington State University; she has continued her study of voice and vocal pedagogy with Dr. Thomas Houser of New York City and New Holland, PA for 30 years. Students of Professor Marrs have continued their graduate studies at such schools as Longy School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Temple University, University of Chicago, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri Kansas City, and the University of Southern California.
In recent years Professor Marrs has performed and conducted master classes in Damascus, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Hangzhou, and Hohot, Inner Mongolia. She is a Visiting Guest Professor at Shenyang Conservatory, Shenyang, China.
A long time student of Alexander Technique, Professor Marrs completed her teacher certification at Alexander Technique Center Urbana with Joan and Alex Murray in 2011. In addition she has studied extensively with Rose Bronec, Jane Heirich (author of Voice and the Alexander Technique), and at Fellside Alexander School in Kendal, Cumbria. She now teaches Alexander Technique lessons at Coe.
In addition to teaching, Professor Marrs served as chair of the Department of Music for 15 years and four years as Iowa governor of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She was the director of music and soprano soloist at Temple Judah in Cedar Rapids and performed with the Coe College Baroque Chamber Ensemble for many years. In 1999 she edited a volume of Czech Folksongs entitled Whither Little Path.