Born April 11, 1910, in Sedan, Kansas, Dorothy graduated from Sedan High School in 1928. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree in violoncello from the University of Oklahoma in 1931, where she also received a BFA in music education in 1932.
She began her teaching career as music supervisor of public schools in Okeene. From 1933-1937, she was a music instructor at Chickasha Junior High School.
Her career at the Oklahoma College for Woman extended from 1937-1960. She taught music education, theory and served as director of the Glee Club.
She earned a master of arts in music education at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City. She received a DMA from Boston University in 1964. Additional studies were at Juilliard Musical Institute, Christiansen Choral School and the University of Southern California.
In addition to her duties at OCW, she was a visiting professor during the summers of 1957 and 1962 at the University of Wichita, Kansas; a teaching fellow at Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts, 1957-58 and 1961-62; and started working in the Music Education Department, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville Campus, Alton, Illinois, in 1962.
Before her retirement in 1975, she spent 13 years on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville music faculty. She was known as a teacher of the Koda’ly Method to SIUE music majors and to elementary classroom teachers. When she retired, members of the music honor society for women established the Dorothy Tulloss Endowment Fund to provide income for music scholarships.
She died August 25, 2001, in Arizona at age 91. Her will included bequests to enhance the endowment at SIUE and to provide music scholarships.
“Dorothy Tulloss was an energetic and positive force who cared about her students and brought great honor and recognition to OCW. On more than one occasion the OCW Glee Club, under her guidance and baton, corroborated with the Oklahoma City Symphony. We were even on television!” writes former student Micki Morales. “She gave us so many delightful memories, such as sitting on the Administration Building steps with her leading us in songs -- among which was Little Sir Echo. Our mission was to bounce our sound off the library across the quad.”
The Dr. Dorothy Tulloss Scholarship is given to women with preference given to music majors and second preference for an education major. Back to Scholarship Page