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Demystifying Jazz Harmony
KIRK MARCY is a 1983 Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Northern Colorado where he received a Bachelor of Music Education degree.
In 1987, he joined the prestigious Four Freshmen, performing with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. His duties in the Four Freshmen included singing bass vocals, playing keyboards and trumpet/trombone.
In 1988, Kirk Marcy returned to the Pacific Northwest to become the Director of Soundsation, the internationally acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble at Edmonds College. Soundsation has the distinction of being the only choral group to ever be invited to sing with the Count Basie Orchestra.
A passionate conductor of all styles of choral music, Kirk also directs the Edmonds College Symphonic Choir. 2021-22 marks his 34th year of teaching at Edmonds College.
Kirk is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator for choral and jazz festivals throughout the country. He has guest conducted All-State Concert and Jazz Choirs in fifteen states as well as Canada.
In his spare time, Kirk is a gourmet chef, enjoying cooking Greek, Thai, Japanese, German and Italian specialties.