Marcus Talley, DMA

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DMA, Violin Performance

Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership (Violin)

Phone: 206-296-5360

Marcus Talley CV (PDF)


Marcus Talley has an array of teaching experience, having held teaching positions at Interlochen Arts Camp, Seminar Music Camp, and the Suzuki Institute of Seattle. Since completing his DMA in 2006, Marcus has become an active part of music education in the area. In addition to teaching violin at Seattle University, he maintains a full, thriving private studio in Issaquah with student accomplishments ranging from concertmaster and principal positions in the Seattle and Bellevue Youth Symphonies, to multiple first place finishes in concerto competitions and festivals.

He is an active adjudicator and the founder and director of both Issaquah Chamber Strings and the summer camp Tierra Chamber Music Intensive. Dr. Talley taught String Performance Seminar and String Pedagogy at Seattle University- courses for which he created the curriculum. He was also the director of the Eastside chamber music program for the Seattle Conservatory of Music and a chamber music coach for the Westside program in addition to teaching the College/Performance Preparation course. He was a violin coach and coaching coordinator for the Everett Youth Symphony Orchestras and worked with string programs in the Northshore school district.

Dr. Talley primarily performs as a member of the North Corner Chamber Orchestra (NOCCO): Seattle’s conductor-less chamber orchestra. He also performs in various other local groups, having performed in the Juneau Symphony, Bellevue Philharmonic, Philharmonia Northwest, Federal Way Philharmonic, Skagit Opera, and the Starry Night Orchestra. Dr. Talley holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in violin performance from Michigan State University, a Masters (MM) in violin performance from Western Michigan University, and a Bachelors (BM) in violin performance from Western Washington University. His principal teachers include Charles Avsharian, Renata Knific, David Updegraff, Walter Schwede, and Celia Weiss-Nicks.