Myrn O'Brien Corban


Myrn Corban was involved in church music from her earliest years, serving as a choir director and providing keyboard services as needed, wherever she resided. Active as a musician and piano teacher in Canada and India, she more recently resided in the Portland, Oregon, area.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on February 17, 1931, Myrn was one of seven daughters born to Anna F. and John M. O'Brien. She began piano lessons at an early age and then continued study throughout her high school and college years. She holds an LTCL (Licentiate of Trinity College London) diploma.

She married John Gilmour Corban who, before his retirement, served as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor and hospital chaplain in Toronto, Canada; India; and Oregon. During their time in Poona, India, Myrn taught as a member of the Spicer Memorial College staff.

More recently, Myrn ran a private music studio in Gresham, Oregon, with her son John, where she enjoyed a reputation as an excellent piano teacher. Many of her students became professional musicians and music teachers. She was a member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and OMTA (the Oregon Music teachers Association) and served in several leadership positions in the latter.

Myrn was living in Portland, Oregon, when she died on October 20, 2017, at age 86. She was survived by her son, John, and daughter, Coleen Morgan.


Source: Information provided by Myrn O'Brien Corban, 3 May 2008; Obituary, North Pacific Union Gleaner, October 2018, 31.