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Marshall is instrumental to School of Music vision

Kimberly Marshall, director of the ASU Herberger College School of Music Photo by Tom Story, courtesy Herberger College of the Arts.

Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

June 05, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. – The ASU Herberger College is pleased to announce Kimberly Marshall, Goldman professor of organ, as the new School of Music director. Since August 2006, Marshall has pulled out all the stops as the School of Music’s interim director when Wayne Bailey stepped down after a six-year term as director. Marshall previously was the School of Music’s associate director of graduate studies. In her new role, Marshall’s experience and expertise is instrumental in shaping the vision of the school.

“I came to ASU in 1998 to be a part of one of the best music schools in the country,” Marshall says. “I firmly believe that I will make a significant contribution to help heighten awareness of what the School of Music offers students and the community.”

Marshall is a highly respected scholar and performer, having lectured about her research for the American Musicological Society, the Royal College of Organists and the Berkeley Organ Conference. In 1986, she received her doctorate in Music from the University of Oxford. Marshall also received a Fulbright Scholarship for research and teaching during 1991 at the Sydney Conservatorium in Australia. She previously taught at London’s Royal Academy of Music and Stanford University.

Her experiences give her a broad view of the role of music and musicians in society, which have led her to her build community participation with the school, benefiting students and faculty. Part of Marshall’s initial strategy as the new director is to improve the efficiency of the school’s organizational structure, as well as examining the school’s curriculum and programs.

“Kimberly’s energy and dedication to the school, combined with her deep engagement with our community makes her the ideal choice to lead the School of Music and move it forward," says Kwang-Wu Kim, dean of the Herberger College. “During her interim year, she has proven to be an outstanding advocate for the school and its faculty and an invaluable member of the college’s faculty leadership team.”

As well as serving as the School of Music director, Marshall continues to spearhead ASU’s organ studies program, which integrates historical work with the creation of new music, providing opportunities for practical experience with communities in the United States, Mexico and Europe. A video interview with Marshall depicts her zeal for organ studies, as she explains how students have opportunities to travel and play on instruments around the world.

In addition to teaching, Marshall also maintains an active career as a performer. Her concert engagements include Notre-Dame, Paris; St. Paul's Cathedral, London; King's College, Cambridge; Uppsala Cathedral and the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem. For a complete Marshall biography, visit: Kimberly Marshall bio

Founded in 1964, The Katherine K. Herberger College of the Arts at Arizona State University educates more than 2,500 students annually and encompasses the School of Art, School of Music, School of Theatre and Film, and Department of Dance, as well as the research-based Institute for Studies in the Arts/Arts, Media and Engineering Program and the ASU Art Museum. To learn more about the college, visit

The School of Music in the Herberger College of the Arts at Arizona State University is ranked 19th in the country and eighth among public institutions by “U.S. News & World Report.” More than 100 music faculty artists and scholars work with approximately 800 music majors each year in research, performance and scholarly activities. It presents approximately 700 concerts and recitals each year. To learn more about the School of Music, visit