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Marshall aims to make School of Music sing

July 09, 2007

The ASU Herberger College is pleased to announce Kimberly Marshall, Goldman professor of organ, as the new School of Music director. Since August 2006, when Wayne Bailey stepped down after a six-year term as director, Marshall has pulled out all the stops as the school’s interim director.

Marshall previously was the School of Music’s associate director of graduate studies. In her new role, her 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. That view led her to 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. To view it, visit the Web site

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