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Dr. Dorothy K. Payne Collection

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Dr. Payne portrait

Dorothy Katherine Payne, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Music Theory and former Dean of the School of Music at the University of South Carolina, passed away on March 11, 2010, in Cincinnati. She was 75, and had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for several years.

A native of Cincinnati, Dorothy received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where she later taught theory and ear training. She also taught at Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Texas, and chaired the music departments at the University of Connecticut and the University of Arizona. She was a regular consultant for the Educational Testing Service and served on the Executive Board and Accreditation Board for the National Association of Schools of Music. She was co-author of Tonal Harmony, a best-selling college theory text, and she received Teaching Excellence awards from both Eastman and the University of Texas. She also served for several years as organist at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia, and performed regularly with her siblings in their biennial family piano recitals.

Dorothy was renowned as a teacher and beloved by her students, her colleagues, and her friends. She was known for her generosity, her quick wit both in and out of the classroom, and her passion for teaching.

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