Marjorie began studying the violin at the age of six. She received her Bachelor of Music degree with a major in music history and a minor in violin, from the University of British Columbia. She has a Master of Arts degree (also in music history and violin) from the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Her violin teachers at UBC included Esther Glazer, and, at OSU, the esteemed Roland and Almita Vamos.
She has learnt and continues to learn from every violinst she has ever been in contact with, including Edmund Osbaldeston, Joy Calvert, Shinizi Suzuki, Marion Schreiber, Taras Gabora, and her special violinist friends, Paule Prefontaine and David Stewart.
Music History Research
In the field of Music History, Marjorie worked for Dr. William Poland at the 'Centre for Experimental Research in the Arts' at OSU. She researched Canadian folk music for Dr. Helmut Kallmann in Toronto, and Nootka and Salish music for Folkways Recordings (N.Y.) with Dr. Ida Halpern in Vancouver.
Marjorie has played in orchestras in New Zealand, Australia, England, the U.S.A., and Canada. She has also played in a number of diverse chamber music ensembles, including string quartets. Marjorie currently plays with the Vancouver Island Symphony.
An experienced teacher, Marjorie has taught violin and music theory for 30 years. She taught at the Vancouver Academy of Music for 4 years, and has now been with the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music for many years.
Present Amalgamation of all those Years of Violin and Music History Study!
Now, Marjorie, with her friend Gilles Gouset, is researching the life of her great-uncle, the British violinist and composer, Haydn Wood (1882-1959). They are currently gathering information for a biography, a website, and a scholarly catalogue of his music. They are producing a CD of Haydn Wood's ballads, to be sung by bass-baritone Shae Apland, and accompanied by pianist Sharon Wishart.