MARCIA VAN OYEN

3249 Rockcress Court, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

marcia@mvanoyen.com

After studying piano for twelve years, Marcia began studying organ during her freshman year at Calvin College.  Inspired by her role-model and aunt, Shirley Boomsma, long-time organist of Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids and professor of organ at Calvin College, she found her musical niche as an organist.  She majored in organ and earned her Bachelor's degree in Organ and Church Music.  Marcia went on to earn both Master's and Doctoral degrees in Organ and Church Music at the University of Michigan, studying organ with Robert Glasgow.  She has also studied organ with Huw Lewis and improvisation with Paul Manz. She was the winner of the 1996 Jean and Broadus Staley Hymn Playing Competition and has earned professional certification as an Associate of the American Guild of Organists (AAGO).

Marcia is Minister of Music, Worship and Fine Arts at Plymouth First United Methodist Church in Plymouth, Michigan.  The music ministry includes vocal choirs for all ages, an orchestra, a bell choirs, a concert series and the Music@First Fine Arts Academy. She previously was Director of Music and Organist at Glenview Community Church (UCC) in Glenview, Illinois, a position she held for ten years (1995 - 2005).  She served as consultant for the design and installation of the 49-stop, 3-manual organ at the church, built by John-Paul Buzard Pipe Organ Builders of Champaign, Illinois.  Marcia has served as Dean, Sub-Dean, and Board member of the North Shore (Illinois) Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and was a performer on many chapter programs.  She has served as Director of the National AGO Development Committee, Director of  the National AGO Committee on Membership Development and Chapter Support, and the Task Force for Issues of Guild Inclusiveness.  She teaches organ privately and writes articles for The Diapason and Choir & Organ, international pipe organ journals.  Marcia has self-published "A Handbook for Organ Committees," (available through this site, click here), a guide book for pipe organ projects.  She has performed on the noon recital series at Fourth Presbyterian Church (in 1994, 1997, and 2005), at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and at historic Bruton Parish in Williamsburg, Virginia. as well as with the Plymouth Community Band and the Michigan Philharmonic.  “Visions of Eternity,” Marcia’s compact disc featuring the organ at Glenview Community Church was released by Raven Recordings in Fall 2001.  Selections  from this disc have been featured on the national radio program, “Pipedreams.”

CREDENTIALS

  • Associate of the American Guild of Organists (AAGO), June 1994
  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Church Music and Organ, The University of Michigan, 
  •     May 1992, Advisor and Organ Instructor: Robert Glasgow
  • Master of Music in Church Music and Organ, The University of Michigan, 
  •     July 1989, Organ Instructor: Robert Glasgow
  • Bachelor of Arts in Church Music, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan; May 1987
  • Additional private instruction in organ with Paul Manz and Huw Lewis

EXPERIENCE

  • Minister of Music, Worship and Fine Arts:  Plymouth First United Methodist Church, June 2006 - present.
  • Associate Director of Music/Organist:  Plymouth First United Methodist Church, August 2005 - May 2006.
  • North American Correspondent for Choir & Organ magazine, July 2000 - present.
  • Director of Music and Organist: Glenview Community Church, Glenview, Illinois, September 1995 - June 2005. Duties include administrating and promoting development of the music program, directing handbell choir, serving as organist, supervising other music staff members, developing organ concert series.
  • Interim Director of Music: First Presbyterian Church; Lake Forest, Illinois, December 1994 - August 1995. Responsibilities expanded to include directing adult choir, two adult handbell choirs, development of folk choir, administration of music program, serving as organist.
  • Organist and Director of Lakeminster Ringers: First Presbyterian Church, Lake Forest, Illinois, Organist, January 1994 - August 1995.
  • Interim Organist: Glenview Community Church; Glenview, Illinois, October - December 1993.
  • Director of Music: Christ Church United Methodist, Glens Falls, New York, January - August 1993. Revitalized music program; directed adult choir and tripled its membership, established and directed handbell and children's choirs; served as organist.
  • Minister of Parish Music: Faith Lutheran Church, Livonia, Michigan, July 1990 - July 1992. Supervised music program; directed adult and handbell choirs; established and directed a children's choir; served as organist.
  • Director of Music: First United Methodist Church, Garden City, Michigan, October 1987 - June 1990. Directed adult, handbell, and youth choirs; served as organist; organized music for ecumenical services.
  • Assistant Organist/Choir Director: First United Methodist Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 1986 - August 1987.
  • Chancel Choir Director: Bethel Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, September 1985 - June 1986.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

  • Fundraiser, Ann Arbor AGO Pipe Organ Encounter, 2014
  • Committee Member, Michigan Organ Improvisation Competition, 2010 - 2013
  • Director, National AGO Development Committee, 2012 - 2013 and committee member 2009 - present
  • Chair, Gifts and Grants, 2006 National AGO Convention
  • Member, Steering Committee, 2006 National AGO Convention
  • Writer for The Diapason, reviews and articles, since January 1994
  • Director, National AGO Committee for Membership Development and Chapter Support, July 2006-present (committee member since 2002)
  • Member, National AGO Task Force for Issues of Guild Inclusiveness, 2004 - 2005
  • Dean, North Shore Chapter American Guild of Organists, 1997-99
  • Sub-Dean, North Shore Chapter American Guild of Organists, 1995-97

COMPETITIONS

  • 1996 Jean and Broadus Staley Hymn Playing Competition, First Prize
  • 1995 Jean and Broadus Staley Hymn Playing Competition, Finalist

AFFILIATIONS

  • American Guild of Organists, Ann Arbor and Chicago Chapters
  • The College Music Society
  • The Organ Historical Society