The Muskingum College Library is currently displaying Egyptian artifacts donated to the college archive by Martha Roy (Class of 1935). Ms Roy is 92 years old and currently living in Cairo. This page has been created for those Muskingum College community members and friends that cannot make it to campus this summer to view the display in person.
Born: March 27, 1913
Education: Alexandria, Egypt, at the Lycée Français, in Al-Attarin. Finished high school at American School at Schutz where her father taught.
BA in Music and French: Muskingum College.
Master's in Music and French: Columbia University.
Doctoral studies: in Coptic music.
Additional studies: Middle Eastern music: Coptic, Syriac, Greek Orthodox, Coptic Catholic, Armenian and Jewish music, under direction of Ragheb Muftah, director of the department of music and hymns at the Coptic Institute of Higher Studies in Cairo. Martha collaborated with Muftah and Margit Toth, a Hungarian musicologist, and compiled the Coptic Orthodox Liturgy of Saint Basil (with complete musical transcription), published by the American University in Cairo Press in 1998.
Ms Roy lived for 20 years in Luxor, Egypt, teaching young children about their heritage, then for 15 years taught girls at the American College for Girls, in Cairo, Egypt. The college is now known as Ramses College for Girls . "It was then that I was studying Arabic as a language. I went to different churches in Egypt to learn Arabic and hear Arabic.” Ms Roy's last teaching position (2000) was at Evangelical Theological Seminary of Cairo, where she taught liturgy.
She has collected and recorded the music of the Holy Passion Week of Christ in different Coptic churches in Egypt; the Cathedral, Saint Peter's Church, and many others. These recordings are now at Indiana University.
The Coptic Orthodox liturgy of St. Basil : with complete musical transcription is located in the Indiana University libraries. Ms Roy edited the text of this work.
Information for this display was compiled from an interview Ms Roy gave in April 2000. You can read the full article, Martha Roy: A hymn on the Nile, on Cairo's Al-Aharam Weekly's web site.
The pictures of Martha Roy were taken by Sherif Sonobol and originally appeared on Al-Aharam's web site. The images of the Egyptian artifacts were taken by Andrew Whitis.
|Decoration that women wore|
|“Mummy beads” strung to place around mummy’s neck. May also have been worn in life and glass artifact|
|Ushebti - representation of the owner of these objects. Used to accompany the dead person to eternity.|
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This page last updated: 7/13/05