Memorable Manitobans: Ethel Adams Kinley (1887-1967)
Educator, choir conductor.
Born at Gladstone on 3 January 1887, daughter of Rev. William Kinley (1841-1910) and Sara Elizabeth Buchanan, and sister of Edna Kathleen Salome Kinley, she taught at Delta Beach School (?-?) and Killarney School (?-?). In 1913, she moved to Winnipeg then taught at San Bernardino, California while studying music at the University of Southern California. Upon her return to Winnipeg in 1919, she taught music and conducted choirs at Earl Grey School and, from 1928 to 1937, at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate.
From 1937 to her retirement in 1947, she was supervisor of music in Winnipeg schools. She was President of the Manitoba Educational Association (1944-1945). She founded (1925) and conducted the Winnipeg Boys Choir, under the aegis of the Winnipeg Mens Musical Club and conducted the Junior Mens and Young Womens Musical Club choirs. She compiled the Manitoba School Songbook (Toronto 1940), Sing Hey Ho! A Songbook for Canadian Boys and Girls (Toronto, 1951), and Fundamentals for Singers (Toronto, 1953). She retired in 1947.
She died unmarried at Winnipeg on 24 September 1967. She is commemorated by a plaque, unveiled in 1969, in the Faculty of Education Building at the University of Manitoba.
Winnipeg School Days, 1871-1950 by W. G. Pearce, Winnipeg School Division, Education Resource Centre.
The History of the Manitoba Educational Association by Ernest Butterworth, MEd thesis, Faculty of Graduate Study and Research, University of Manitoba, 1965.
“Fitting tribute,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 October 1969, page 21.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 10 July 2022