KMEA Hall of Fame
Marilyn Killian
Inducted in 1995
Marilyn Killian was raised in Ironton, Missouri. She earned the B.S. in Music Education from the University of Missouri at Columbia, the M.S. in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and did post-graduate work at the University of Illinois. Killian taught 24 years with the Wichita public Schools, and has also taught for Bethel College, Wichita State University, and Friends University. She is the founding director of the Wichita Community Children's Choir, and was flautist with and directed children's choirs for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Killian conducted honors and state choirs in Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. She held state and national offices in KMEA, ACDA, and SAI. She was awarded the Citation for Outstanding Music Service from the Kansas Federated Music Club, and she was the first woman to receive the KsACDA Harry Robert Wilson Award.