A Short Biography
Born in Pasadena, California, Marsha Heather Long began her musical studies at the age of four with her mother and gave her first piano recital at the age of seven. She began her formal piano training at San Diego’s Our Lady of Peace Academy. She first studied the organ at the age of nine and held her first church position as organist at the age of ten, performing novenas and masses at St. John the Evangelist in San Diego.At nineteen, she made her orchestral debut as winner of the San Diego Symphony’s Young Artist Competition performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with that ensemble. She was quickly re-engaged by the SanDiego Symphony along with other West Coast orchestras.While Studying the piano and organ in her teens, Ms. Long also studied harpsichord and upon graduation from the University of California at San Diego was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in all three keyboard instruments. She then began her studies, on scholarship, at New York’s esteemed Juilliard School and was awarded two Master’s Degrees in piano and organ and the Doctorate of Musical Arts in organ. Dr. Long obtained her Diplôme de Concertiste from France’s Conservatoire National de St. Maur with highest honors.