Merle Montgomery

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Merle Montgomery

Merle Montgomery

“Merle Montgomery…a woman whose life has touched the world and made it sing.”
Van Cliburn


Oklahoma native Merle Montgomery was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and taught piano and theory at the Eastman School of Music in New York while completing her Ph.D. She served as vice president of public relations for music publisher, Carl Fischer, Inc., and was the president of the National Federation of Music Clubs. She wrote several books on music theory and a number of published compositions. She also compiled and edited two volumes of the new Scribner Music Library. She was also the assistant manager of the Oxford University Press Music Department.

Fun fact

During the celebration of America’s bicentennial, Merle Montgomery led the Bicentennial Parade of American Music, which included fifty concerts in the JFK Center for the Performing Arts, the placing of 200 plaques honoring musicians of the past 200 years, and 50 thirteen-week series of radio programs celebrating composers in every state.

Oklahoma connections

Dr. Montgomery was born in Davidson, Oklahoma.




Business Executive/Educator/Musician




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