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marshGordon Marsh

Master Class, Piano 
April 2013

Gordon Marsh received his B.M. in piano from the Eastman School of Music, his M.F.A. in composition from the University of California at Irvine, and his Ph.D. in composition from the University of Chicago.

Originally from southern California, Dr. Marsh studied piano with Lucille Straub and composition with the late Roy Harris. In 1976, he was a recipient of the Los Angeles Young Artists Foundation Scholarship, and was a finalist for the Debut Award. While at Eastman, he received both the José Echaniz Prize and Ethel Lannin Prize for his performances, studying with Frank Glazer and Cécile Staub Genhart.

At Chicago, his composition teachers included John Eaton, Shulamit Ran and Ralph Shapey. His dissertation, “Desire and Catharsis in Two Slow Movements by Gustav Mahler,” was nominated for the Galler Prize, which is awarded to the most distinguished dissertation in the humanities. Over the years, Dr. Marsh has performed as recitalist, chamber pianist, concerto soloist, and conductor, and has won numerous awards for his compositions, including a 1989 nomination for the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award, and has presented papers at regional, national and international venues.

In 1996, Dr. Marsh joined the faculty of the Fine Arts Department at Roanoke College, where he teaches courses in theory, composition, history, and the humanities. Awarded a sabbatical for 2003-2004, Dr. Marsh spent eleven months at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, an arts residency, during which time he completed over a dozen professional training workshops in computer music at IRCAM, France's national research center for the coordination of music and acoustic science.

In 2005, Dr. Marsh offered Roanoke College’s first course in computer music, and subsequently taught two Intensive Learning (May term) courses. Recent scholarly projects have focused on the piano music of Ralph Shapey and the concerto grossos of Alfred Schnittke. Dr. Marsh is a member of ASCAP, the College Music Society, and the Society for Music Theory.