James Malone Marshall

James Malone Marshall


August 8, 1932 – March 5, 2013

RALEIGH – James Malone Marshall, 80, died Tuesday.  He was son to the late Aud & Vivian Gallant Marshall.

Jim received his Bachelor’s Degree in Voice and Organ from Southwest Texas State University.  Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance and Keyboard from Westminster Choir College, was a member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, National Association of Teachers of Singing,  American Choral Directors Association, Cary-Apex Piano Teachers Guild, and the American Guild of Organists.

In 1985 he had his New York Carnegie Hall Debut with the Oratorio Society with great reviews for choral tone, blend and musical interpretation.  Under his direction the Raleigh Oratorio Society received the City of Raleigh Medal of Arts for its contributions to the culture of the city in 1992.  He received the City of Raleigh Medal of Arts for outstanding contributions to the city and surrounding communities in music in 1990, a certificate of Appreciation for contributions to Liturgical Music from the Diocese of Raleigh in 2004.

He taught voice and piano in his private studio for 35 years.  Jim led many workshops all across the U. S.   He was former Minister of Music at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, Edenton Street United Methodist Church, Music Director for St. Eugene’s Catholic Church in Wendell for 8 years until the present.  He was Conductor & Musical Director for the Raleigh Oratorio Society, now the North Carolina Master Chorale for 23 years, and Conductor of The Jim Marshall Chorale for 15 years.

He was involved in concerts extensively in Europe as soloist, choral singer with the Robert Shaw Chorale and as a conductor of choral groups.

He sang with orchestras such as the NY Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Princeton Symphony, The San Antonio Symphony & many others.  In 2002 He was invited to conduct the Prague Symphony in a festival of Dvorak’s music in 3 European cities with his Jim Marshall Chorale.

Jim was a lifelong member of the Raleigh Lion’s Club which he took great joy in.  He was also owner of Carolina Waterproofing Company.

He is survived by his daughter, Sharon Marshall Martyn of Avondale, LA; grandchildren, James Martyn, & Kathryn Martyn Brazzel (Brandon); siblings, Johnny (Margie), Norman (Alice) & Maurine; and special friends, Jim Humphrys & Charles Stegall.

In lieu of flowers memorials are requested to Anna’s Arts For Kids, care of St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, 1313 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, Louisiana, 70125.

A Mass of Resurrection will be offered Monday, 11 am, St. Eugene’s Catholic Church, Wendell.

Visitation will be 2-4 pm, Sunday, Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.  www.stricklandfuneralhomes.net

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