Byron Marshall - Director/Conductor
Byron Marshall is a native of Franklin County, NC and is an alumnus of Louisburg College, and Cape Fear Community College with A.F.A. degrees in Music & Music Education and a B.A. degree in piano & choral music from The University of North Carolina Wilmington. Currently, he is a Master of Music Education candidate at the University of Florida. Some of Byron’s extensive resume includes work in the music department of Louisburg College as faculty accompanist from 2002-2009, and service as an Executive Board of Directors member of the Franklin County Art’s Council from 2000-2004.
Byron travels throughout North Carolina and performs for collegiate, civic, and social events as well as a clinician and accompanist for choral events and festivals for North Carolina Public School Systems which include: 24 consecutive years with the Franklin County Schools All County Chorus Festival and 9 years with Brunswick County Schools All County Chorus Festival.
He is the recipient of numerous academic and civic awards including “2004 Artist of the Year” award for service in the field of performing arts from the Franklin Co. Arts Council and several Distinguished Service awards from Louisburg College’s Department of Music. Byron is also an active adjudicator for various musical competition at local, state, and international levels.
Mr. Marshall is the Minister of Music and instructor for Ogden Baptist Church in Wilmington since 2006 and its Academy of Music which he founded in 2008 in addition to being the accompanist and substitute conductor for the Wilmington Choral Society from 2007-2019. Byron has also worked as Collaborative Pianist for Applied Voice, Choral & Faculty performances and classes at Cape Fear Community College from 2013-2020.
Byron holds active memberships with Music Teachers National Association and was appointed President of Cape Fear Music Teachers Association in July, 2020.
As an advocate for Music and Music Education, Mr. Marshall has founded music scholarship programs at Cape Fear Community College and The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Community Music Academy; where, he also currently serves as adjunct piano instructor and business manager for UNCW’s Department of Music and Community Music Academy.
Board of Directors
President: Irene Voneiff
Secretary: Diane Sullivan
Treasurer: Peter Beaven
Scholarship Chair: Kathy Horsmon
Public Relations: Andre Brillaud
Membership: Georgie Harrison
Social Chair: Nancy Cowen
Director: Byron Marshall
Soprano - Lillian Jimenez
Alto - Debi Hawkins
Tenor - Don Bowers
Bass/Baritone - Dennis Haugen
MHC Coordinator - Kathy Sinclair
Luis Barragan - Accompanist
Luis was five or six when he first befriended the piano, while living in Spain, which led to enrolling in music conservatory within a year and completing ten years of merit training.
He enjoys the transcultural experience that is commuting between here and Europe, and has worked with teachers in Madrid, San Francisco, and New York City. He has been a Wilmington resident since 2015, currently works with Dr, Elizabeth Loparits, and is excited to combine university experience with conservatory background.
As a solo artist, Luis is honored to be invited by UNCW to record for the upcoming opening of the music department’s recording label. Piano selections by Florence Price, Zenobia Powell, and Chopin will be available to stream and download in the very near future.
As an educator, Luis coaches students in his home studio, collaborates with Port City Music, and the UNCW Community Music Academy.
An admirer of the many facets that the music world has to offer, Luis has recentlycollaborated on stage for the production Always... Patsy Cline, at historic Thalian Hall. He has also performed at San Francisco Jazz venue Doc’s Lab, and Steinway Hall in New York. Luis is grateful for the support and recognition that he has received while in Wilmington and looks forward to continuing to connect with audiences to share the gift of music.