Elsie MacClanahan

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Elsie MacClanahan

Rose Hill Cemetery Tour 2006

Elsie MacClanahan

August 28, 1894 – June 17, 1989

Elsie MacClanahan

Elise MacClanahan was born Aug. 28, 1894, in McKenzie, Tenn., and died on June 17, 1989, in Chickasha. After the death of her father, Elise and her mother moved to Ft. Worth, Texas. She was graduated from the Conservatory of the Polytechnic College, now Southern Methodist University. Elise traveled to New York City to continue her piano studies, but when other singers and critics heard her vocal performances, they advised her to devote herself to studying voice and diction. Elise studied with masters in New York City, Paris and Italy. In 1923, she became the head of the voice department of the Oklahoma College for Women, which became USAO. She remained at OCW until her retirement in 1960.

(photographers: Joanna Owen-Clouston and Marcie Price)