Marilyn graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with the help of a four-year scholarship for performance in voice, piano, and French horn. She tells us she received this scholarship based on her performance in voice, piano and French horn, and on having attended the UW Summer Music Clinic for four consecutive summers. Attendance at the Clinic was provided by scholarships (thus her enthusiasm for scholarships!). She performed with the prestigious UW A Cappella Chorus, the UW Womens’ Chorus and the UW Symphony Orchestra. Just for fun she sang as the featured vocalist with the UW 16-piece “big band”. She taught speech, English and music and accompanied students and choruses.
In Naples, she sang with the Choral Arts and served as their first president. When that group dissolved, she joined the fledgling Naples Orchestra and Chorus, where she performed as a soloist and served as Assitant Director. For eight years, she wrote, cast and directed dinner theatre productions at St. William Church, a project that started with 200 people attending one night and ended with 800 people attending four nights. She also worked as Director of Music Ministry for two years. In 2003, she rejoined the Naples Orchestra and Chorus as Assistant Choral Director and a member of their Board of Directors. In 2006, she was elected to the Board of the Naples Music Club,, and in 2008 co-chaired the Naples Music Club Scholarship Competition. That same year she was elected President, stepping down from this position three years later.
Her administration background also includes serving as President of the Illinois Mental Health Association and the Chicago Area Council American Association of University Women, and as Vice President of the Cook County Chicago Girl Scout Council. In Naples, besides her music involvement, she has served on the board of directors of the United Way, American Cancer Society, League of Women Voters, and the Collier County Mental Health Association, and currently she is president of the Venice Diocese Council of Catholic Women..
Marilyn has been married for 50 years, has 5 children and 12 grandchildren and spends her summers in Lakeville, Minnesota.