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February 27, 2012

Marcia Yost helps make Goshen sound better than ever

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GOSHEN — Marcia Yost has been a pillar of the musical arts in Goshen since the 1980s when she became the choral director at Goshen High School. Under her guidance the past 29 years, the GHS choral programs have garnered three state championships and five runner-up finishes. She is chairperson of the GHS music department, a TAP master teacher and has served as the Director of Music at the First Presbyterian church in Goshen for more than 20 years. And, at age 58, Yost’s voice and influence is still hitting a high note in the community.

Explain a little about yourself

My daughter Madeline and I enjoy traveling and spending time at the lake. Madeline is currently a junior at Goshen High School where we are involved in many music endeavors together. I adopted Madeline in China in 1995 and it is the greatest experience of my life.  

I love Goshen. I love the diversity here and I am always proud to say I grew up here and am a product of the Goshen Community Schools.  

Where did you grow up?

I am a life long resident of Goshen as is my father, and two generations before him.  

What schools did you attend and what years did you graduate?

I went to Riverdale Elementary School (now Merit Learning Center) and lived on West Wilkinson Street in Goshen my entire school years. I also attended Towncrest Junior High School (now Goshen Middle School) and graduated from Goshen High School (1972), the University of Indianapolis (bachelor’s of music education 1976) and Western Michigan University (master’s of music, music education 1984).

What is your fondest memory of Goshen?

This really isn’t a single memory, but I am proud of this community and its incredible support of the arts. The support for music and visual art here makes this community a very special place. We are rich in this culture from the Music Together program, in our schools, at Goshen College and in the many arts organizations in our community for adults like Goshen Community Chorale, the Maple City Orchestra and The New World Theatre.

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