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Kimberly Marshall spent the spring of 2005 on sabbatical in Pistoia, Italy.  She researched early Italian organ music and performed on many historical organs, including those in Roskilde Cathedral (Denmark), the St. Laurenskerk, Alkmaar (Netherlands), the Jacobikirche Hamburg, as well on as the famous Hildebrandt instrument in Naumburg, Germany, which Bach examined in 1746.  During the summer of 2006, she presented concerts and workshops on early music in Sweden and Israel, and she was a featured artist for the 2007 Early English Organ Project in Oxford and the Festival for Historical Organs in Oaxaca, Mexico.


She is an experienced adjudicator, having served on the jury of the National AGO competition in 2008, of the Sweelinck competition in Amsterdam in 2010, and the Pistoia International Organ Competition in 2013.  She was chair of the jury for both the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition in 2012 and the Westfield Center’s Organ Competition in 2013.


Kimberly has numerous publications reflecting her eclectic interests.  She has lectured on her research for the American Musicological Society, the Royal College of Organists, and Trinity College, Dublin.  Her edition of articles on female traditions of music making, Rediscovering the Muses, was published by Northeastern University Press in 1993.  She contributed entries for the Grove Dictionary of Music 2000 and for the Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2012). Her anthologies of late-medieval and Renaissance organ music were published by Wayne Leupold Editions in 2000 and 2004.


Kimberly Marshall’s compact disc recordings feature music of the Italian and Spanish Renaissance, French Classical and Romantic periods, and works by J. S. Bach.  Her most recent CD celebrates the music of Arnolt Schlick on the 500th anniversary of its publication (2012). A CD/DVD set entitled A Fantasy through Time was released on the Loft label in 2009, receiving effusive reviews, as did her recording of Chen Yi’s organ concerto with the Singapore Symphony on the BIS label (2003). She has also made a recording of works for organ by female composers, Divine Euterpe, that includes music by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Elfrida Andrée, and Ethyl Smyth.


Kimberly Marshall has been invited to play throughout Europe, including concerts in London's Westminster Cathedral and St.Paul’s Cathedral; King's College, Cambridge; Notre-Dame, Paris, and Chartres Cathedral; Uppsala Cathedral, and the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem.  She has performed on many historical organs, such as the Couperin organ at Saint-Gervais, Paris, the Gothic organ in Sion, Switzerland, and the Cahmann organ in Leufstabruk, Sweden.  She especially enjoys tailoring programs to the styles of the instruments she plays, as is evident from her recordings of Italian and Spanish music on historical organs.  Her interpretations are informed by research into obscure repertoire and performance practice, although she does not limit herself to early music.  While at Stanford and the Royal Academy of Music, she gave performances of organ works by Ligeti in the presence of the composer, and she has been an advocate for music by Margaret Sandresky, Dan Locklair and Ofer Ben-Amots.  She is attracted to the organ by its vast possibilities of timbre and complex development since its invention in the third century BCE.  Her work reflects this enthusiasm for musical creativity and historical awareness.


Kimberly is an active member of the American Guild of Organists, having served as a member of the Committee on Professional Education (COPE) for seven years (2006-2013).  She has been a recitalist and workshop leader during 8 National Conventions: Dallas, 1994; New York, 1996; Denver; 1998; Seattle 2000, Denver 2002; Los Angeles 2004; Minneapolis, 2008; Washington 2010. (She is currently under contract to present a recital for the Boston Convention in 2014.)  A review of her performance for the convention in July 2010 extolls her as “a multi-faceted musician” who “pushed the organ to its limit with her virtuosic demands in playing and registration….This was a royal performance by one of our royalty!

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