Miriam King directing the choir
One could say that Miriam’s life has always been melodious; that is, filled with harmony and song. At as young as four years old, she recalls that her mother taught her to sing the hymn, “In the Garden,” as Miriam flip-flopped across the bed. Her first performance followed in church as she perched up on a little chair in front of the congregation.
While in high school she sang in operettas, choir and ensembles, as well as playing the piccolo and flute in band and orchestra. Miriam and her two sisters formed a trio and sang weekly on a Christian program on WADC out of Akron, Ohio.
Other musical experiences include teaching elementary music in Cleveland; directing a children’s choir at an Akron United Methodist Church, and singing in the Akron Symphony Choir.
Miriam graduated from Otterbein College, in Westerville, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Education, and also taught vocal music in Massillon, Ohio, grades K-12.
In 1949 she married Wendell, a Pediatrician she met in college. They have three sons, one of whom is a successful musician and teacher in Texas.
When Miriam heard some fellow Primrose Residents’ voices at a Christmas sing-along in 2009, it was apparent that forming a choir was in order — and it was only reasonable who its director would be!
Formerly the Primrose Belles, the choir gained a few male voices and then became the Belles & Beaus. Presently there are only women, so they have reverted once again to an all-ladies choir. (We always welcome new members, so hopefully there will soon again be some tenors and basses!) Weekly rehearsals keep the members on their toes, and they perform around three concerts per year. We are blessed to have such a talented resident as Miriam King here at Findlay Primrose Retirement Community!
by Karen Barchent