Kirsten Marshall, Director of the Orchestral Program and violin instructor, is on the faculty of Ithaca (NY) Talent Education (ITE), as well as part time lecturer in violin performance at Ithaca College. Ms. Marshall received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) with majors in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy. Ms. Marshall also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Case Western Reserve University, with an emphasis in strings. Her conducting studies were with David Einfeldt (Hartt School of Music, Connecticut), Carl Topilow and Louis Lane (CIM). She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society.
Ms. Marshall conducted the 2016,2014, 2012 and 1998 Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas at the biennial Suzuki Association conference in Chicago, Illinois, as well as conducting the faculty orchestras for the piano soloist in both the 2008 and 2010 national conferences. An avid supporter of contemporary music, Ms. Marshall conducted and produced two premiere string orchestra pieces on a CD released by ITE (Bach to the Future). She is an active performer in the Ithaca area and is a member (David and Lesli Sagan chair) of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Ithaca's professional ensemble. In 2003, she co-commissioned and premiered a new sonata for violin and piano by Robert Paterson. Additionally, she composes for string orchestras. Ms. Marshall is frequently sought after as a clinician specializing in youth orchestras across the United States and Canada. Her high-energy style blends humor and passion, engaging players at the highest level for a riveting performance.