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H. Faith McNitt

Faith McNitt

H. Faith McNitt (’60 M.Ed., ’71, D.Ed.) graduated cum laude from Susquehanna University in 1941 with double majors in music education and voice. She began her career as a music teacher in the Peters Township schools the following year. Two years later, she became the band director for the Brown Township schools in Reedsville, Pennsylvania, where she also taught general music in a one-room school. After leaving public school teaching to pursue a graduate degree at Penn State, she joined the faculty of the Lewistown-Granville public schools in 1960. She remained in the Lewistown area, teaching choral and general music, until 1973.

In 1973, Faith was appointed to the faculty of Lock Haven University, where she chaired the music department until her retirement as a full professor in 1983. During her career in higher education, she wrote A Self-Instructional Program for Adult Uncertain Singers and Integrating Music Concepts with the Teaching of Basic Skills for Early Childhood. She also served as a curriculum consultant to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, leading workshops and authoring curriculum guides for junior high general music classes. In addition, she was a frequent presenter at conferences of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.

While busy with her roles as a teacher and administrator, Faith remained active as a performer. She presented solo organ and piano recitals, and served as a principal or guest organist for eight different churches in the central Pennsylvania region. She sang with the State College Choral Society and the Pennsylvania Chorale for several seasons, and maintained a large private studio of piano, organ, and voice students throughout her career.

Her professional affiliations included the Music Educators National Conference (now the National Association for Music Education), the International Association of Jazz Educators, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, American Guild of Organists (Vice-Dean), the Association of American College and University Professors, the Mifflin County Retired Teachers Association, and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Retired Faculties.

The Lewistown Sentinel published a biographical article about Faith in 1988, paying tribute to her long life as a musician and her positive and lasting influence on her community. She stated in the article that "living a life filled with music, I always did what I wanted to do. Somewhere along the line, someone supported me all the way.” 

Dr. Faith McNitt passed away on April 8, 2013 at the age of 93.