Martha Maybury Wampler

Photograph of Martha Wampler

At the age of 18, Martha Elizabeth (Maybury) Wampler a native of Richmond, VA, studied violin with C. Roland Reasoner for two years (1946-1948) at the New England Conservatory.  She returned to NEC in 1951-1952, studying violin with Frank MacDonald, as well as taking courses in orchestra and solfege. Wampler received her undergraduate degree in mathematics in 1950 from Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, MA. In 1962, Wampler earned her M.A. in Music from California State College, Long Beach.  In addition, Wampler studied violin at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and the Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA.

In Europe, Wampler studied at the Orff-Institute, Mozarteum, Salzburg in 1963-1964 and at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich in 1964-1965 under a Fulbright-Hays Gramt.

Wampler worked as an Elementary Instrumental Teacher in Bellflower, CA.

Biographical information compiled from the Eastern Nazarene College Orff-Schulwerk brochure and her book, And Early Song, as well as information from the NEC Archives.

Physical description

The Wampler Papers occupy approximately .15 lin. ft. organized into six folders – all paper materials with the exception of three photographs.


This collection was donated to the Conservatory library in two parts in September and October 2005 by Martha Wampler, through her brother, Robert Maybury.


Access to the Martha Maybury Wampler Papers can be arranged by making an appointment with the Archivist.  Appointments must be scheduled in advance. There are no restrictions on this collection.


All copyrights to this collection belong to the New England Conservatory. Permission to publish materials from this collection is granted by the Archivist. This collection should be cited as: NECA 18.33. Martha Wampler Collection, New England Conservatory Archives, Boston, MA.

Scope & Content

The Martha Maybury Wampler Papers are organized into the following four series:

  1. Correspondence
  2. Photographs
  3. Writings
  4. Miscellaneous

The Correspondence is divided into three categories: 1) Correspondence regarding Wampler’s Fulbright grant (with accompanying documentation 2) Personal correspondence, consisting of one letter from Gertrud Orff, wife of Carl Orff 3) Correspondence pertaining to the donation of this collection to the Conservatory

There are four photographs: two are 3 x 5 photographs of Martha Wampler playing the viola da gamba in a duet-on one picture with a gentleman playing double bass, in the other a woman playing recorder; the third photograph is a 5 x 7 photo of Martha Wampler, holding a copy of her own book, in discussion with two other women; the fourth is a 6 x 9 ½ photograph taken in 1972 of Martha Wampler teaching children the Orff method..

Wampler’s writings consist of a copy of her book, And Early Sing: Creativity and Participation with Young Children (c. 1973) and a copy of a manuscript for the song Give Me Liberty, for which Wampler composed the lyrics (Music by Frederick Müller)

The Miscellaneous folder only contains one item: a brochure for an Orff-Schulwerk Workshop which Wampler taught at Eastern Nazarene College.

Container List

Series 1: Correspondence

Folder 1: Fulbright Correspondence

Folder 2: Personal Correspondence

Folder 3: Collection-related Correspondence

Series 2: Photographs

Folder 4: Photographs

Series 3: Writings

Folder 5: And Early Sing

Folder 6: Give Me Liberty

Series 4: Miscellaneous

Folder 7: Orff-Schulwerk brochure