Marjorie Chan, whose parents valued education, has three brothers and three sisters who all studied music (piano/violin) at an early age and all later earned college degrees. In Lebanon’s (PA) strong school programs, Ms. Chan participated in choral groups as a keyboard accompanist, and in orchestras as a cellist. In addition, she attended inspiring District and All-State Orchestra events for six years. Pre-college orchestral experience also included membership in Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (PA).
Scholarships to Oberlin Conservatory (bachelor's of music), Indiana University (master's of music), University of Southern California (doctorate of musical arts) followed cello studies in Philadelphia, PA with Orlando Cole at the New School of Music. Subsequent cello mentors include Bernard Greenhouse and Gabor Rejto.
Prior to joining the cello section of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Chan was a member of the Salzburg Symphony (Austria) and San Jose Symphony (CA) cello sections.
As an active advocate of music education, Ms. Chan has been a faculty member of New England Music Camp (ME) and Denison University (OH), involved in solo, chamber music, and orchestral repertoire for many years. She continues to share her musical interests by teaching, performing, and attending lots of concerts.