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Sister Magdalena Ezoe, OP
Music runs in the family for Sister Magdalena. She was born in Tokyo, Japan, where her uncle directed a music conservatory, and came to the United States not long after World War II. A trained musician and published composer, she has written sacred and liturgical music and other instrumental and choral works. She has also performed around the United States and in Tokyo.
She taught music on the high school and college level and is now a Professor Emerita at Siena Heights University, Adrian, where she taught applied piano, music theory, and music history and literature for many years.
Maura Phillips, OP
Sister Maura, who celebrated her 101st birthday on April 25, 2015, is one of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ premier musicians. She was trained in music from an early age and earned a master’s degree in applied music from Columbia University.
Sister Maura taught music for more than 30 years, including eleven years spent at St. Ambrose School in Grosse Pointe, Michigan; heading the music program at Barry College (now University) in Miami, Florida; and being part of the music department at Siena Heights College (now University) in Adrian.
In the 1970s, she earned her certification in clinical pastoral education and became the director of a senior citizens’ center in Miami, working to meet the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of people including the poor and elderly.