The name of our chorus “MUSIC MAKES ME HAPPY” would likely be the title of Marsha Martin’s autobiography were she to ever write one – which she won’t because she is too busy making music. This is what she says about music: “Through music we make friends with all different kinds of people – people we might never know if music hadn’t brought us together. Music enlarges our world: we hear more, see more, learn more, feel more. Music expands us to become more than what we were, and inspires us to be the best we can be and to share that with others. Singing together is fun, educational, and inspiring. It is a joyous activity in which everyone is important and everyone is a winner! Music really does make us happier!”
With degrees in piano and music education (both choral and instrumental music) and graduate work in choral conducting, Marsha has taught in schools and privately, and has directed all kinds of music groups and programs, including community choirs, children’s choirs, senior citizen choruses, a college choir, an inmate choir, musicals, people of all ages and abilities. She has directed adult special needs choruses for the past 22 years and especially loves her very special singers! She is looking forward to our new chorus and the music “family” that is being created. She is also excited about the joy that our singers will bring to the larger community.
Devereux is an all-around music professional with experience in musical services across the industry. His passion for helping others grow resulted in a Bachelors of Music Education from Gordon College, and years of fruitful collaborative work since.
His work as a pianist, music director and educator has benefitted organizations such as ImprovBoston, Boston Ballet School, and Groton School and Community Congregational Church in Billerica. Additionally, Devereux has professional experience in performing/recording, composition/songwriting, arranging/orchestration, transcribing/engraving, and music production.
Devereux grew up in New Hampshire, a triplet and one of five children. He attributes much of his strength in collaboration and empathy to the connection he has to his family. He and his wife Ella McGaunn Geiger reside in Maynard, MA where they co-run their music business, Interlude Music.
Devereux’s work frequently gives him the opportunity to work with clients who have disabilities. Whether in the private teaching studio or at an institution like Boston Ballet’s Adaptive Dance, he feels at home opening the door to music-making with a variety of needs in mind. Devereux is incredibly pleased to be working with the Music Makes Me Happy Chorus; and he hopes that his work will bring choir members as much joy as it gives him in return.