Marie Spar Dymit attended St. Olaf College in Northfield where she studied voice with Alice T. Larsen. Miss Larsen became one of her most important mentors, as she was one of very few female conductors in her day, and was certainly one who broke through the glass ceiling multiple times. Marie was a member of the renowned St. Olaf Choir, conducted by Kenneth Jennings, for 3 years, and served as soprano section leader during her senior year.
After graduating from St. Olaf in 1983 Marie was not content to “only” teach. She sang for 2 years with the Minnesota Chorale, and in 1985 auditioned for the Dale Warland Singers, a professional choral group based in the Twin Cities. She was accepted into the DWS that year, and sang with them every year (except for her year at ASU) until Dale retired the group in the spring of 2004.
Marie has worked in the White Bear Lake schools for her entire teaching career except for 2 short breaks, and will be retiring at the end of the 2017-18 School year.