Music instructor Gerry Jon Marsh, director of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and music technology, will retire from SPU this spring after 15 years. He will be honored at a special reception on Saturday, January 26, at 3:30 p.m. in the Fine Center at First Free Methodist Church, adjacent to campus. The reception follows the “Buon Divertimento” music concert at 2 p.m. at the church.
Marsh is also well-known as the music director and conductor of the Cascade Youth Symphony, a position he’s held since 1984. He has extensive experience as an educator, performer, conductor, and choir master, and has conducted music seminars throughout the Northwest, Canada, and England. Marsh is frequently involved as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for music competitions and festivals in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. He has also received awards and citations from the Seattle Music and Arts Foundation and the Edmonds Music and Arts Club for his work in music and with young people. In 1998, Marsh was inducted into the inaugural Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.