KMEA Hall of Fame
Marilyn Foree
Inducted in 2004
Marilyn Foree received her Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from Kansas State University. She began teaching in the Topeka Public Schools, taught high school in Las Vegas for one year and returned to Topeka to finish her 35 year career. Her groups have performed across Kansas, performed with celebrities Barry Manilow and the Gatlin Brothers, and performed at the National School Board Convention in New Orleans. Under her guidance, the Seaman Tri-M Chapter received the State award for three years. She has produced and been the musical director for over 43 musicals. Marilyn has served as an active member of the KMEA Board from 1980 to present in various capacities including District I Choral Chair, District I President, MENC Music in Our Schools National Chair, State Director for Music in Our Schools Month for KMEA, Southwestern Division Show/Jazz Choir Chair and KCDA Show/Jazz Choir Chair. Marilyn was named Seaman District Teacher of the Year in 1982. With the assistance of Ron McCurdy, she founded the National American Show/Jazz Choir Camp. Marilyn's talent at the piano is unparalleled. She has performed with Topeka Festival Singers and the Topeka Civic Theater. She has organized and sponsored trips to Europe, New York, and Chicago giving students and community members the opportunity to experience music theater and different cultures.