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Faculty & Staff - Debra


Debra Marsch

Associate Professor of Vocal Music

Year Started at Greenville College: 1996
Office: Whitlock Music Center
Phone: (618) 664-6574


What's your favorite thing about working at Greenville College?

Cue ‘70s Coca-Cola jingle: "I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony . . . ." I LOVE to sing and act, and I get an even bigger kick teaching others to develop their own individual gift of expression. Witnessing dramatic progress in each lesson is always a thrill, and I share that enthusiasm with my students. I think everyone should study voice because it helps an individual reconcile all facets of their being (spiritual, physical and emotional). Regardless of the type of repertoire, what we are studying is an act of worship to God.


What attracted you to the Music Department, and how do you use it outside of the classroom?

When I was 18 years old, I was hooked by the greasepaint and applause during the start of my career while performing in the opera chorus of Springfield Regional Opera in MO. I performed there every summer during my undergraduate studies. During graduate studies, I held Soloist/Section Leader positions in Presbyterian and Episcopalian denominations while ministering in various Assembly of God churches.

Currently, I am finishing my D.M.A. (Doctorate of Musical Arts) in Literature and Voice Performance with a minor in Theatre (directing) from U.I.U.C. (University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign). I perform for music department concerts, faculty recitals, church and doctoral recitals at UIUC. I adjudicate NATS auditions (National Association of Teachers of Singing) for the Greater St. Louis area bi-annually both musical theater and art song/aria genres.