Marcia Van Oyen
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, two bell choirs, a concert series and a fine arts academy. Previously, she served as Director of Music Ministry and Organist at Glenview Community Church. Marcia has served as Dean, Sub-Dean, and Board member of the North Shore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is currently on the Board of the Ann Arbor AGO. She has chaired the national AGO Committee for Membership Development and Chapter Support, served on the Task Force for Issues of Guild Inclusiveness, and is now on the National AGO Development Committee. She has written articles for two international pipe organ journals - THE DIAPASON and Choir & Organ, has written CD notes for JAV recordings, and has self-published "A Handbook for Organ Committees.” “Visions of Eternity,” Marcia’s compact disc featuring the organ at Glenview Community Church was released by Raven Recordings in November 2001. Selections from this disc have been featured on the national radio program, “Pipedreams.”
For more information, visit Marcia's website: www.mvanoyen.com.