a brief bio:
Hi friends, I’m Marshall. I was born in the 1980s in San Diego, CA, the son a Reform rabbi and an accountant/song leader. I’ve been singing my whole life (and I have the home videos to prove it), but my formal musical training began at age 10, when I started taking trumpet lessons and joined the school band. I continued playing brass instruments through high school and into college, and joined the choir and started playing guitar along the way. I graduated from Poway High School in 2006, and I am grateful for my public school education, especially in the music department.
I entered UCLA as a music major, but quickly found that wasn’t a good fit for me. During my time at school I became active at Hillel, and worked for Wilshire Boulevard Temple as a song leader and cantorial soloist from 2008 to 2011, when I graduated with a BA in Geography.
After college, I moved to Melbourne, Australia, to serve the regional Union for Progressive Judaism as a musician in residence and Jewish Life Fellow. Over the course of two years, I worked with more than a dozen Progressive congregations in Australia, three in New Zealand, and one in Shanghai, China, where I led a community Passover seder and presented at Limmud China. My experience culminated in 2013 with chairing the first regional conference for Progressive Jewish music, “Shir Chadash,” with more than 80 attendees.
In 2013, I moved back to San Diego and started graduate school at San Diego State University, working towards a master’s degree in ethnomusicology (which I intend to finish within the next 18 months). I have served Temple Emanu-El as a music specialist since 2014, and have maintained a robust work-travel schedule over the last five years, including two major North American tours (2014, 2015), one year of field research (2016-2017), a 10-week residency with Temple Israel in Cape Town, South Africa (2018), and recurring trips to Australia as an artist in residence for UPJ conferences and events.
As of March, 2019, I live in a van with my little dog, Jackie. We will both be happy to see you as we make our way around the country this spring and summer.