Barbara W. Oldenburg

Inducted — 2004

Barbara Oldenburg

Barbara W. Oldenburg is a product of Boise Schools, with an AA in Music from Boise Junior College (1944); a BA in Music Education from U. of Oregon (1946), and a MM from U. of Arizona at Tucson, (1975). Barbara taught private piano for 15 years, took refresher courses at BSU, taught music in the Elementary Schools and to classroom teachers and music students at BSU for a time, then became Elementary Music Supervisor in the Boise Public Schools. In the evenings (1959-70) she was a cast, chorus member, prompter or an accompanist with many musical productions. She became a 30-year member of "Showtimes" which entertained at conventions. Barbara has been a member of IMEA for 39 years, serving as State Elementary Chairman for 2 years, then as Secretary-Treasurer for 9 years. After retiring from the Boise Public Schools in 1979, she served as Editor of the Idaho Music Notes for ten years and was awarded the IMEA Honorary Life Membership. She was a member of Boise Music Week Board and directed King and I in 1982, Music Man in 1984, and The Sound of Music in 1987. The Idaho Statesman honored her as "Portrait of a Distinguished Citizen" in 1984. Barbara and Bill Oldenburg have three sons, a daughter, and eight grandchildren.