Marla Matthews has a Masters of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Andrews University, Michigan, where she studied under Franklin Lusk and James Hanson. She also studied In England under Ms Elizabeth Hawes, head of Trinity Music College, London. Between 1980 and 1993, Marla was the soprano soloist for the English-based Newbold College Choir, and she travelled extensively with this choir in Europe and the Middle East. Between 1993 and 1998, while located in Thailand, Marla sang with the Bangkok Music Society Choir and was a featured soprano soloist at a number of the Society’s concerts, including their performances of Mozart’s Requiem, John Rutter’s Gloria, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. She also performed for two years as the soprano soloist for the Bangkok Combined Choir’s performances of the Messiah, and was a featured soloist for the Chinese contingent at the 13th Asian Games in Bangkok in 1998. Marla has performed extensively as a soloist and choir member in educational institutions, concert halls, and churches in the USA, Europe, the Middle East, Southern and Southeast Asia, and South Africa. From a personal perspective, one of her most enjoyable experiences was singing the part of the mother in Menotti’s opera, Ahmal and the Night Visitors. Marla is an accomplished voice and piano teacher, and some of her former students have achieved considerable fame in Europe.
In additon to teaching at Citadel, Marla serves as an adjunct voice instructor at Lake Michigan College.