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Professional Biography


A highly accomplished and versatile musician and educator, Marlene Rua Pasternack is passionate about the value of an excellent music education.  Marlene received her Bachelor of Music degree magna cum laude from Ithaca College in Piano Performance and Music Education, a piano student of Mary Ann Covert.  She won a scholarship to spend her final undergraduate semester in London, where she studied piano with Kendall Taylor at the Royal College of Music.  Marlene also holds a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory in Music History and Musicology. 

Marlene did post-graduate work in voice and opera with Thomas Houser, Ruth Drucker, and former Metropolitan Opera stars Richard Cassilly and Patricia Craig.  She also studied piano with Dorothy Taubman and Edna Golandsky, teachers renowned for developing a healthy and efficient instrumental technique. 

For 13 years Marlene served as Director of Applied Music, Chair of the Music and Performing Arts Departments, Choral Director, and Teacher of Music at Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, MD.  Before moving to Baltimore she was Head of the Fine Arts Department at the Winsor School in Boston, where she also taught music for fifteen years.  Marlene has taught private music lessons throughout her career.

Marlene frequently performs as a vocal soloist, piano soloist, collaborative pianist, choral conductor, and liturgical musician.  She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honorary Society, and the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the National Association for Arts Administration Educators. 

Marlene is committed to developing in her students the knowledge and skills they need to express themselves musically in meaningful, joyful, and rewarding ways – always in an atmosphere of warmth and encouragement.  She teaches private lessons in piano and voice to students of all ages and levels in Baltimore, Maryland.

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