Our Founder


Marianne Cooper

Marianne Cooper served as the Founder and first Executive Director of the Academy from 1991-2022. Over the last 30 years, her vision-made reality has provided education, experiences, and opportunities for students of all ages to Explore the Artist Within. The foundation she has created will continue to serve and support the future of Richland Academy of the Arts throughout years to come.

Richland Academy of the Arts is the area’s leading extracurricular arts academy that provides students of all ages and experience with an opportunity to explore the arts through visual art, music, theatre, martial arts, and dance.

Marianne Cooper is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Master of Music and PhD work in Educational Administration. Her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University is a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. During those years she also studied at Tanglewood with Bernstein, Copland, Ross & Munch and performed in music theatre on the East Coast. After several years in the public schools of Ohio and Michigan, Marianne became an Associate Professor of Music at The Ohio State University at Mansfield teaching music education classes, choral music, voice and music theatre. She toured nationally with the Norman Luboff Choir, appeared in music theatre, opera & oratorio in a three-state area and conducted three European Choir Tours with the University Singers. After retiring and becoming an Emeritus Associate Professor of Music, Marianne co-founded and still serves as the Executive Director of the Richland Academy of the Arts for over 24 years. In honor of that accomplishment, the North Central State College inducted Marianne into their Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2012. 


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