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Kerry Marsh

Kerry Marsh

Artist Faculty in Residence, Vocal Jazz

School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact Information

(970) 351-4958
Frasier 58


BME Music Education, University of Kansas
MM Jazz Studies, University of North Texas

Professional/Academic Experience

  • Member of professional jazz vocal quartet "Vertical Voices"
  • Worked with singer/songwriter Ben Folds, arranging background vocals and directing background vocals groups for concerts with symphony orchestras.
  • Active clinician and adjudicator for vocal jazz ensembles in school workshop, jazz festival and all-state honor group settings

Research/Areas of Interest

Primary focus on contemporary arranging techniques for vocal jazz ensembles.

Publications/Creative Works

  • Publisher and arranger of approximately 180 arrangements for vocal jazz ensembles.
  • Performer and producer of "Fourward" album by Vertical Voices.
  • Performer and producer of "Vertical Voices: The Music of Maria Schneider" album by Dollison and Marsh

Honors and Awards

UNC Vocal Lab earned Down Beat Student Music Awards in both 2015 and 2016 in the Graduate Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble Category

UNC Vocal Lab was invited to perform at the annual conference of the Jazz Education Network in Louisville, KY, January 2016

Professional Website



Lee's Summit - Composed by Kerry Marsh and Julia Dollison, performed by Vertical Voices, from the album "Fourward"

Hang Gliding - Composed by Maria Schneider, performed by Kerry Marsh and Julia Dollison, from the album "Vertical Voices: The Music of Maria Schneider". Frank Kimbrough (piano), Ben Monder (guitar), Jay Anderson (bass), Clarence Penn (drums)