Director, Marsha Martin
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 12 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.
Pianist and Assistant Director,
Kathryn Christensen Lieppman
Kathryn Christensen Lieppman is delighted to be involved in a chorus where making friends is as important as making music. Kathryn’s chorus experiences range from singing in school choirs as a junior high and high school student, singing with the Tucson Symphony Chorus and a professional chamber choir, to directing children’s, middle school, and church choirs, and accompanying both the Tucson and Phoenix Girls Choruses. She is a true believer in the unifying and healing power of choral singing.
Kathryn received her formal training as a pianist at Rice University and University of Arizona, where she received Bachelors and Masters degrees in piano performance. She has taught and performed throughout the country and the world. Locally, she teaches private piano lessons in her home studio in West Roxbury, and accompanies ballet classes at the Boston Ballet School. She is often featured in chamber music and solo performances.
Kathryn loves music with all her heart, and in the context of the Music Makes Me Happy Chorus, she especially loves the way it helps her connect with and learn from the truly special “special needs” population.