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UT to offer summer music workshops

The University of Toledo Department of Music is offering several workshops this summer, many suitable for a variety of age groups and skill levels.

UTSummerWorkshopsImgMore information and links to online registration are available here.

Below is a listing with brief information on each of the workshops.

Flute Workshop with Joel Tse, June 10-15
Faculty: Joel Tse, principal flute with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and UT flute instructor; class pianist, Dr. Michael Boyd, UT professor of music; rhythm, Olman Piedra, UT director of percussion studies; music theory, Norm Damschroder, UT senior lecturer of music
Ages: 12 and older
Tracks: Performance, Teacher Audit
Description: Master flutist Tse will head this intense workshop in flute. Students are trained in breathing, technique, rhythm and music theory, as well as provided master class coaching. A concert performed by the students will conclude the workshop on Saturday. Flexible attendance; attend as few or as many days of the workshop as you like.
Cost: Weekly rate $300; daily rate $65 per day
Click here to register and for more information.

Exploring Orff-Schulwerk, June 12-14
Faculty: Dr. Pamela Stover, UT assistant professor of music
Ages: College level and up
Tracks: College credit only — available at the undergraduate (MUS 4980-002) and graduate level (MUS 6980-002)
Description: An introduction to the highly creative and integrative Orff-Schulwerk process of music and movement education for elementary education teachers and students. Designed for beginners to Orff-Schulwerk, experienced teachers who hold Orff levels and want a different perspective also are welcome.
To register: Enroll and register as you would for any other class, or if you are not a UT student, you can register as a guest student to take this workshop. Contact the UT Office of Undergraduate Admission or the College of Graduate Studies for more information.

• Summer Jazz Institute, June 16-22
Faculty: Gunnar Mossblad, UT director of jazz studies and saxophonist; Vic Juris, guitarist; Tad Weed, UT assistant professor of music and jazz pianist; Norm Damschroder, UT senior lecturer of music and bass player; Olman Piedra, UT director of percussion studies and percussionist
Ages: 12 and older
Tracks: Vocal, Instrumental, Teacher-Training, Jazz Appreciation
Description: The UT Summer Jazz Institute is the place where all levels of jazz students can discover and achieve their potential through the study of jazz in one of four programs: instrumental jazz, vocal jazz, teacher training and jazz appreciation.
To register and for more information: SummerJazz.utoledo.edu
Cost: $500 total ($450 tuition plus $50 application fee). If taken for college credit, the workshop tuition will be waived and UT tuition and fees will apply.

• Art Song Festival and Workshops, June 26-30
Faculty: Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini, UT assistant professor of music and soprano; voice — Nancy Crego, Alexander technique; Timothy Cheek, diction; Karen Lykes, mezzo-soprano; Dr. Sam Savage, tenor; Andrew Walker Schultze, bass-baritone; Michael Sylvester, tenor; piano — Dr. Michael Boyd, UT professor of music; Clara Cheng, Nigel Foster
Ages: High school and older
Tracks: Artist, High School Student
Description: The Art Song Festival and Workshop is dedicated to promoting recital performances as well as to training singers and collaborative pianists in the fine art of recital planning and performance. This festival is packed with master classes, voice lessons, coaching sessions and recital performances, as well as classes geared for the student and emerging professional singer and pianist.
To register and for more information: ArtSongFestival.com
Cost: Adult participant: $680 total ($600 tuition plus $80 application fee, high school participant: $230 ($150 tuition plus $80 application fee)

• Opera Role Study: Così Fan Tutte, July 8-26
Faculty: Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini, UT assistant professor of music and soprano; Don Bernardini, tenor, stage direction; Robert Mirakian, conductor; Nathanael Leonard, accompanist
Ages: Adult and college
Tracks: Performance
Description: This intensive, nearly monthlong daily workshop will culminate in the performance of Mozart’s beloved comic opera, “Così Fan Tutte.” Due to the performance nature of this workshop, openings are limited. Early registration is suggested.
To register and for more information: Click here.
Cost: UT student: $300 ($250 tuition plus $50 application fee),
non-student: $350 ($300 tuition plus $50 application fee)

• Books to Sing, Dance, Act and Play, Aug. 5-7
Faculty: Dr. Pamela Stover, UT assistant professor of music
Ages: College level and up
Tracks: College credit only — available at the undergraduate and graduate level
Description: A hands-on workshop for librarians and educators on ways to integrate music, literature, drama and art in activities appropriate for preschool through middle school.
To register: Enroll and register as you would for any other class, or if you are not a UT student, you can register as a guest student to take just this workshop. Contact the UT Office of Undergraduate Admission or the College of Graduate Studies for more information.

FORMS: Permission for minors to participate/consent for medical treatment — this form is required for anyone younger than 18. Download, print and have your parent or legal guardian sign it. It can be mailed in advance or brought with you on the first day of the workshop.

Faculty members recommended for promotion, tenure sent to full board

Several faculty members are in line to receive tenure and promotion pending the approval of the UT Board of Trustees, which meets Monday, May 13.

The Board of Trustees Academic and Student Affairs Committee approved the recommendations and sent the names of more than 50 faculty for consideration by the full board.

Faculty members recommended for tenure and promotion from assistant to associate professor are:

College of Business and Innovation
• Dr. Iryna Pentina, Marketing and International Business
• Dr. Jenell L.S. Wittmer, Management

College of Communication and the Arts
• Dr. Edmund Lingan, Theatre and Film

Judith Herb College of Education
• Dr. Edward Cancio, Early Childhood, Physical and Special Education
• Dr. Noela Haughton, Educational Foundations and Leadership
• Dr. Snejana Slantcheva-Durst, Educational Foundations and Leadership

College of Engineering

• Dr. Youngwood Seo, Civil Engineering
• Dr. Sridhar Viamajala, Chemical Engineering
• Dr. Hong Wang, Engineering Technology

College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences
• Dr. Aliaksandr Amialchuk, Economics
• Dr. Ovamir Anjum, Philosophy

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
• Dr. Song-Tao Liu, Biological Sciences

Faculty recommended for promotion from associate professor to professor with tenure are:

College of Engineering
• Dr. Vijay Devabhaktuni, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

College of Law
• Jessica Knouse, Law

College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
• Dr. L.M. Viranga Tillekeratne, Medicinal and Biological Chemistry
• Dr. Ming-Cheh Liu, Pharmacology

Up for promotion to associate professor are:

College of Law

• Kara Bruce, Law
• Michelle Cavalieri, Law
• Gregory Gilchrist, Law

College of Medicine and Life Sciences
• Dr. Jihad Abbas, Surgery
• Dr. Cathi Badik, Pediatrics
• Dr. Ivana de la Serna, Biochemistry and Cancer Biology
• Dr. Murthy Gokula, Family Medicine
• Dr. Sabry Gohara, Surgery
• Dr. Deepa Mukundan, Pediatrics
• Dr. Victoria Steiner, Public Health and Preventive Medicine
• Dr. Valarie Stricklen-Ruiz, Pediatrics
• Dr. Guillermo Vazquez, Physiology and Pharmacology
• Dr. David Weldy, Family Medicine

College of Nursing

• Dr. Cheryl Gies, Nursing

Faculty recommended for promotion to professor are:

Judith Herb College of Education
• Dr. Revathy Kumar, Educational Foundations and Leadership
• Dr. Tony Sanchez, Curriculum and Instruction
• Dr. Mark Templin, Curriculum and Instruction

College of Health Science
• Dr. Phillip Gribble, Kinesiology
• Dr. Amy Thompson, Health and Recreation Professions

College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences
• Dr. Renee Heberle, Political Science and Public Administration
• Dr. David Tucker, Communication
• Dr. Sunday Ubokudom, Political Science and Public Administration

College of Law
• Llewellyn Gibbons, Law

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
• Dr. Scott Heckathorn, Environmental Sciences
• Dr. Qin Shao, Mathematics

College of Medicine and Life Sciences
• Dr. Rashmi Goyal, Medicine
• Dr. Ali Nawras, Medicine
• Dr. Thomas Sodeman, Medicine

College of Nursing
• Dr. Carolyn Lee, Nursing

College of Social Justice and Human Service
• Dr. John Laux, School Psychology, Legal Specialties and Counselor Education
• Dr. Sudershan Pasupuleti, Criminal Justice and Social Work

Those up for tenure are:

College of Engineering
• Dr. Chunhua Sheng, associate professor of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering

College of Medicine and Life Sciences
• Dr. Reginald Baugh, professor of surgery
• Dr. Ashok Kumar, professor of physiology and pharmacology

College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
• Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, associate professor of medicinal and biological chemistry

Presidents of Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Battelle Memorial Institute to address graduates May 5

The presidents of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and Battelle Memorial Institute will speak at The University of Toledo’s commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 5.



During the morning ceremony, Sandra Pianalto, who has been president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland since 2003, will speak to graduates from the colleges of Business and Innovation, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Visual and Performing Arts, and Languages, Literature and Social Sciences at 9:30 a.m. in Savage Arena.

At the afternoon ceremony, Dr. Jeff Wadsworth, president and CEO of the Battelle Memorial Institute since 2009, will address graduates from the Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Service and the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning at 2 p.m.

There are 3,041 candidates for degrees — 886 candidates for doctoral, education specialist and master’s degrees, and 2,155 for bachelor’s and associate’s degrees. Each ceremony will be webcast live on video.utoledo.edu.

“We are honored to have such accomplished professionals as Sandra Pianalto and Jeff Wadsworth at this celebration of academic achievement,” UT President Lloyd Jacobs said. “These individuals know well the value of higher education and have gone on to do incredible things within their professions and as productive members of their communities. They are both positive role models for our graduates as they move forward in the next chapter of their lives equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills taught by our wonderful faculty.”



Pianalto will receive an honorary doctor of business administration and Wadsworth an honorary doctor of engineering. Also receiving an honorary degree will be Robert Savage, a distinguished UT alumnus and co-founder of the Savage & Associates insurance and financial management business in Toledo.

Pianalto began her career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in 1983 as an economist in the research department. In 20 years, she ascended to assistant vice president of public affairs, vice president and secretary to the board of directors, first vice president and chief operating officer, and finally president and CEO — a position she’s held for 10 years.

Her professional success comes directly from her understanding of the importance of education. The daughter of Italian immigrants who came to America more than 50 years ago, Pianalto had helped them study for their United States citizenship examinations as a third-grader.

Pianalto went on to receive bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the university of Akron and George Washington University, respectively.

Wadsworth is president and CEO of Battelle Memorial Institute, which is the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization. Formed in 1925 in Columbus, Battelle has developed the Xerox machine and a number of innovations in medical technology, telecommunications, environmental waste treatment, homeland security and transportation.



Before his current position, Wadsworth led Battelle’s Global Laboratory Operations business; he oversaw the management of six national laboratories of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center.

Wadsworth earned a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in metallurgy from Sheffield University in England. The University also awarded him a doctor of metallurgy degree in 1991 for his published work, and he received an honorary doctor of engineering degree in 2004.

Savage, who will receive an honorary doctor of commercial science, received his bachelor’s in business in 1959 from UT; in 2003, he was awarded the Gold T Award, the highest honor for UT alumni.

A generous alumnus, he gave a $1 million donation in 2006 that was the catalyst for a state-of-the-art center for students in the College of Business and Innovation: The Savage & Associates Complex for Business and Learning Engagement opened in 2010.

Savage was a member of the UT Board of Trustees for nine years and a trustee for The University of Toledo Foundation for nine years.

Final Nexus program of school year to be held April 29

Social commentary in literature and art and how it relates to our culture will be the topic of the final Nexus program of the academic year.

All students, faculty and staff are invited to hear University of Toledo faculty members give five presentations on social commentary Monday, April 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Libbey Hall. Light refreshments will be served.

“This is a fun and interesting evening,” said Dr. Elsa G. Nadler, UT director of grants development. “The presentation format is an exciting one.”

Presenting at the event will be Benjamin Davis, associate professor of law; Dr. Christina Fitzgerald, associate professor of English; Barbara Miner, associate professor of art; Cornel Gabara, associate professor of theatre; and Arturo Rodriguez, associate professor of art.

The Nexus program, sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, occurs twice each academic semester with brief presentations by faculty members in specific disciplines. The talks are in the pecha kucha format, which gives 20 seconds each to 20 slides in a PowerPoint presentation.

Nexus was developed by Nadler and Dr. James Trempe, vice president for research.

Alpha Psi Omega to stage ‘The 24 Hour Plays’ April 27

Want to be part of the theatrical craziness of writing and producing a play in one day?

24 Hours PlaysStop by the Center for Performing Arts and sign up to participate in “The 24 Hours Plays” by Friday, April 19.

Hosted by members of the Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society, “The 24 Hour Plays” will be staged Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre.

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, all participating members will gather in the Center for Performing Arts and be divided into groups consisting of a writer, director and actors.

The writers will stay overnight, creating an original play that Saturday morning will be given to their corresponding director and actors, who will have until the scheduled performance time to learn and rehearse the play complete with effects, cues and props.

Alpha Psi Omega serves as a resource for students involved with the Department of Theatre and Film to have a larger voice on campus and provide supplemental access to career building opportunities, such as attending professional conferences and auditions for graduate schools.

Tickets for the shows — $3 for students and $5 for the general public — will be available at the door. Proceeds will benefit Alpha Psi Omega.

Adults act out in ‘God of Carnage’ comedy

Grown-ups behaving badly — that’s “God of Carnage,” a play about what happens when a schoolyard scuffle between two youths leads their parents to meet and discuss the incident.

Jennifer Rockwood, center standing, is directing “God of Carnage,” which features John Meadows, left, and Brad Smith, and Jennifer Nagy Lake, left, and Kate Abu-Absi.

Jennifer Rockwood, center standing, is directing “God of Carnage,” which features John Meadows, left, and Brad Smith, and Jennifer Nagy Lake, left, and Kate Abu-Absi.

Written by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton, the biting comedy will be performed this week as a fundraiser for the Toledo School for the Arts.

“Four adults get together to talk about the fight, but civilization quickly crumbles as verbal sticks and stones begin to fly,” said director of the Toledo production Jennifer Rockwood, who recently has gone back to teaching in the UT Department of Theatre and Film.

“‘God of Carnage’ is a savage comedy that took New York by storm,” she said. “Toledo’s premiere promises equally delicious devastation.”

Loaded topics that the parents take on include homophobia, misogyny and racial prejudice.

“The play is for mature audiences. Short and sweet, it’s a compelling night of very funny and substantial theater. Let’s say you’ll have something to chew on after,” Rockwood said.

“God of Carnage” features Kate Abu-Absi, director of the UT Arts Living and Learning Community; Brad Smith, a 2005 graduate of the UT College of Law; Jennifer Nagy Lake, UT theatre alumna; and John Meadows, who received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UT in 1996 and 2006, respectively, and is pursuing a master of arts degree in mental health counseling at the University.

Rockwood, who most recently brought the reading of “The Play 8” to UT and “Bell, Book and Candle” to the Toledo Repertoire Theatre, is working with Toledo School for the Arts students on the production.

“This collaboration gives the high school students a chance to work closely with local experts and Toledo’s best community actors,” she said.

“God of Carnage” will be staged Thursday through Sunday, April 18-21, in the Toledo School for the Arts Attic Theater, 333 14th St., Toledo. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. except for the Sunday matinee, which will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 and $8 for students (parental guidance suggested) and are available by calling 419.246.8732, extension 217, or by emailing vwerley@ts4arts.org. If available, tickets will be sold at the door.

UT Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society to initiate new members

The University of Toledo Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will hold its initiation ceremony for new members Sunday, April 21, at 1 p.m. in the Student Union.

phikappaphi728x520_q85More than 100 undergraduate and graduate students and three UT faculty members will be inducted into the honor society this year.

Dr. Tom Barden, UT professor of English and the national Phi Kappa Phi Scholar for 2012-2014, will present the keynote address.

Inductees into the honorary are among the top students as juniors or seniors or in their graduate program to qualify for membership.

In addition to inducting new members, the society will honor three scholarship winners and the chapter’s nominee for the national Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship Award.

The chapter is awarding three $500 scholarships this year. The winners were selected based upon academic performance, an essay and letters of recommendation from faculty members. The winners of the scholarships are Ryan Beckwith (Kent, Ohio), Kazem Majdzadeh (Toledo) and Hanan Saleh (Rossford).

Beckwith is a junior majoring in nursing. He works as a resident adviser in UT’s residence halls and is active in the Student Nursing Association and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He has assisted in the Perceptual Motor Development Clinic, where he worked with children with developmental disabilities to improve their motor skills. One of his recommenders noted that Beckwith displays an excellent work ethic and accepts responsibility. Another noted that he has the critical thinking skills, initiative and perseverance to be a successful nurse.

Majdzadeh is a doctoral student in the chemical engineering gradate program. Originally from Iran, Majdzadeh is active in research in polymer science and has published six papers in peer-reviewed journals. This year, he received a fellowship in the College of Engineering, and in 2011 he was noted for his work as an outstanding teaching assistant in the college. One of his recommenders stated, “Having seen his dedication so far, I have no reservations that he will do an excellent and commendable job in research during his time at UT.”

Saleh is a junior majoring in exercise science. She serves on the Student Honors Council and as a student ambassador, and last year was captain of the women’s tennis club. She volunteers for many organizations, including the Islamic Center of Toledo, and is a tutor in the UT Learning Enhancement Center. She recently was accepted into a special program for undergraduates that provides for early placement in the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences, with a goal of becoming a physician. One of her professors noted that her approach in class made other students feel more confident and open to participating in discussion.

In addition to the local scholarships, each year one graduating senior is selected by the chapter for nomination for the national graduate fellowship, which provides $5,000 for graduate study. The UT chapter nominee this year is Zachary Henz, who will pursue a doctoral degree in pharmacy in UT’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences next year.

Henz is not only a student in the competitive doctoral degree in pharmacy program, but also is an active volunteer with many groups, including the homeless, prisoners and the poor. He has completed missionary work in El Salvador and this summer will travel to New Zealand to volunteer in the health-care system of the native Maori people.

The winners of the national fellowship awards will be announced next month.

In addition to the undergraduate and graduate students who will be inducted into the honor society, three UT faculty members also will be inducted. They are Barbara Miner, associate professor and associate chair in the Department of Art; Dr. Dale Snauwaert, professor of philosophy and social foundations of education; and Dr. Hassan R. Hassabelnaby, associate professor in the Department of Accounting.

For more information, contact Wade Lee, associate professor of library administration and chapter president, at 419.530.4490.

Senior to present art at national conference

Hard work, a sense of humor and a menagerie of insects have earned one senior art student a spot at the spring National Conference on Undergraduate Research in La Crosse, Wis., this month.

“Vinsect Price” by David Folck

“Vinsect Price” by David Folck

David Folck’s art focuses on insects. He’s already had a number of UT successes, including receiving Undergraduate Summer Research and Creative Activity grants in 2011 and 2012 to support his work. He used the resources to study the structure, texture and color of various species. He inspected insects, drew them and researched their behaviors.

Folck is soft-spoken, humble, detail-oriented, with a killer work ethic honed before college during his time in the Navy. In other words: not quite the mad scientist that you might expect from viewing his work.

When he began to work with Diana Attie, professor emeritus of art, she gave him all the physical specimens and resources she had for his research.

“My goal when entering the Bachelor of Fine Art Program was to see where it takes me,” Folck said. “The only thing I have control over is how hard I work.”

He learned in January that “LANG LEBEN DIE INSEKTEN!” will be on display at the conference from Thursday to Saturday, April 11-13. Folck will be present to answer questions and discuss his work, the title of which translates to “Long live the insects!”

“Usually the National Conference on Undergraduate Research features the hard sciences,” Attie said. “It’s nice to see our art students among them because this conference features presenters from across the country.”

The three pieces Folck will present at the conference are “Vinsect Price,” “Bugged Outlaw,” a portrait of Clint Eastwood created by layering rubber stamp impressions of a housefly, and “Unique Quantification.”

A key example of Folck’s work, “Vinsect Price” is a drawing made with arrangement of insects scattered about the page to suggest the actor Vincent Price’s facial structure. This drawing brings to mind the fruit- and animal-based portraits of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, but adds a critical creep factor of houseflies, ladybugs, bees, caterpillars, crickets and butterflies climbing across one’s face.

“Unique Quantification” is a drawing on display in the Juried Student Exhibition in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery. This wry, loosely academic study of the Carolina ground cricket was awarded first place in the Bachelor of Fine Arts I Exhibition. Folck applied his irreverent approach to entomology, incorporating pop culture, physics, equations, spectrograms of cricket chirps and candy. PEZ candies echo the appearance of a spectrogram, while one cricket’s neck is extended to expose candies inside.

More of Folck’s work can be seen in the first 2013 BFA Exhibition, which is on display through Sunday, April 14. Art by students Lisa Franko, Morgan Hayward, Kevin Leiter and Austin Tuttle also can be seen at the free, public exhibit. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Professor emerita to return for spring piano series

Frances Renzi, UT professor emerita of music, will return to campus Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, to perform in the spring Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series.



She will present a master class at 10 a.m. Saturday and a recital at 3 p.m. Sunday. The free, public events will take place in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Renzi’s program will feature works by Mozart, Debussy and Chopin.

A solo pianist for the New York City Ballet performing Stravinsky’s Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra and Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes, she also participated in the Stravinsky Festival at Lincoln Center.

Renzi is a chamber player who has performed with numerous orchestras and given recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, and throughout the United States.

She received a master of music degree from Juilliard School.

The Toledo Piano Teachers Association assists with The University of Toledo Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series. The association provides students for the master class, publicity for the class and concert, and refreshments for the reception in the lobby following the concert.

For more information on the series, contact Dr. Michael Boyd, UT professor of music, at michael.boyd@utoledo.edu or 419.530.2183.

Blues artists to highlight UT Spring Festival of New Music April 3-5

The annual Spring Festival of New Music showcases a range of genres.

Mary Martin, left, and Betsy Marshall

Mary Martin, left, and Betsy Marshall

This year’s festival will celebrate new music for chamber ensembles and electronic music media. Winners of the student and amateur composers’ contest will be announced, and blues artists Martin and Marshall will perform.

Presented by the UT Department of Music, the festival will feature free, public concerts at 7 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall. Listed by date, they are:

• Wednesday, April 3 — Faculty Chamber Music Recital, where winners of the competition for best student and amateur compositions for brass quintet will be announced.

• Thursday, April 4 — Student Chamber Music Recital.

• Friday, April 5 — Graduate student Christina Eck will perform new electronic music and be followed by blues artists Martin and Marshall.

Friends and fellow blues musicians Mary Martin and Betsy Marshall frequently perform together when they are not playing their regular gigs.

While living in Austin, Texas, Marshall became the backup guitarist for Mance Lipscomb and also performed as a solo artist on Austin stages. In Cleveland, the acoustic guitarist and pianist played at the Smiling Dog Saloon, warming up for some of the finest jazz and blues players. She later lived in Boston, where she did solo and studio work along the East Coast.

Martin tours often with her band, The Ninth Street Tuna Band, spending much of her time between Chicago and Cleveland. The guitarist worked closely with many blues legends, including Koko Taylor and Hubert Sumlin.

Read more about the two at martinandmarshall.com.