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In Memory

Clyde Oyster (58)

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03/07/18 03:56 AM #1    

Nancy Bibb Hoye (Mufti '60)

I recall first meeting Clyde in 10th grade when we both were members of the MHS Choir.  Clyde sang bass, as I recall, and sat in the back row next to the windows of the vocal music classroom.  I mostly sat at the piano, accompanying the MHS choir, and facing the members of the choir.Clyde was a senior at MHS that year.  The following fall of 1958, I received a phone call from Clyde at my family home in Marietta. He and his MHS classmate Harry Pettit were now freshmen at Marietta College and were so disappointed to find there was no choir or vocal group at MC.  Clyde told me on the phone that night that both he and Harry Pettit had approached Professor Albert Gifford, the then vocal music professor at MC, to ask him if he would be willing to start a vocal music group at MC.  Professor Gifford agreed, but only if they could persuade Nancy Hoye to be the piano accompanist for the new MC vocal group.  Well, to make a long story short, Clyde, Harry Pettit, and two other MC freshmen visited my home a few nights later to persuade me to be the new MC vocal group's piano accompanist and even for pay.  I agreed to their proposal, and thus began my 2 years of accompanying the newly formed MC Singers vocal group, meeting early  each Friday night for 2 hours at the college music hall, while being paid the huge sum of 5 dollars an hour while my MHS girlfriends were being paid just 50 to 75 cents an hour for babysitting during those fifties years.  I found the entire music experience at MC so enjoyable, both the students and Professor Gifford, and have Clyde Oyster to thank for it.  Nancy Hoye Mufti, Class of 60 

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