July 2018

Amazing Faithfulness, the theme for the academic year, is lived by many University employees. Marlene Woodward-Cooper, who announced her retirement in April after 48 years of service, is the personification of the PBA-style of faithfulness. As professor of music and piano division coordinator in the School of Music and Fine Arts, she taught countless students the keyboard and life lessons over her teaching career. In 1992, she received the Charles & Hazel Corts Award for Outstanding Teaching, selected by her peers.


 Dr. Woodward-Cooper announces her retirement after 48 years.

A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and Manhattan School of Music, Woodward-Cooper has taught piano, musicianship and other music courses at the University. During her academic career, she additionally served as a pianist and organist for area churches and organizations such as the Choral Society of the Palm Beaches. She is widely known as a recitalist and accompanist.

With leadership from Music Department Chair Dr. Ken Phillips, an endowed scholarship has been established in honor of Marlene Woodward-Cooper. When awarded, the annual scholarship will support a piano student who exemplifies the mission of PBA.

Longtime friends and SOMAFA faculty have made gifts to the new scholarship. To contribute, call the Development Office at (561) 803-2011 or make your donation online and type “Marlene Woodward-Cooper Scholarship” in the memo line.

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