Marianne Cooper Executive Director
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.