April 15, 1934 – October 31, 2020
Maryellen Pung is remembered fondly within OAMTA as teacher, colleague, and friend. She became a founding member of the Oshkosh Area Keyboard Teachers Association (as it was previously named) soon after moving to Oshkosh from Milwaukee.
Maryellen was a performing pianist, from a young age. She won 2 competitions in Grand Rapids, Michigan (the first at age 12) which resulted in her performing with the Grand Rapids Symphony. While in Milwaukee and raising 7 children with her husband Bob, she kept up her practicing and performing. She was a member of the MacDowell Club, which regularly presented recitals. She met with other pianists for classes and coaching with a master teacher in Milwaukee (doing much of her practicing after her children were in bed!).
After moving to Oshkosh, Maryellen continued to practice, learning at least one major piano work every year, which she would perform for colleagues, friends, or in recital. In this, she was an inspiration, sharing the music and her serious dedication.
For many years, Maryellen was accompanist for vocal and instrumental music students at UW-Oshkosh, playing countless recitals and end-of–term juries. She continued solo performing also, playing in various venues in the community. She was passionate about sharing the music.
Maryellen was an enthusiastic, caring teacher of many students through the
years. She and her students participated in many OAMTA-sponsored events – group recitals, Bach-a-thon, Making Music with Friends, Super Concerts, and more - as well as annual Wisconsin Music Teachers Association auditions.
As an active OAMTA member, Maryellen served in various positions, including President and as Chair of the Helen Miller Scholarship program. One year, she was honored by Wisconsin Music Teachers Association (WMTA) as OAMTA’s Member of the Year.
Maryellen will be missed - within OAMTA and beyond – as a dear colleague and friend. We are grateful for the time we shared with her.