B i o g r a p h y
Marjorie Halloran, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area is a composer, singer, and songwriter. Her love of music began early with preschool piano lessons and singing in kindergarten church choir.
An accomplished choral singer in addition to composer, Marjorie has performed with many different ensembles in the Bay Area, as well as in Princeton, NJ, New York City, and the University of California at Davis, where she received her BA in music theory/composition. She is the co-founder of the Choral Workshop program for composition students at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, VT, where she received her MFA in composition with an emphasis in songwriting. Marjorie has studied with Michael Early, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Don DiNicola, Abbie Betinis, and Alice Parker. She currently sings with Chorus Austin and Inversion Ensemble of Austin, TX.
Marjorie's compositions have been performed by Chorus Austin and Inversion Ensemble in Austin; Schola Cantorum of Los Altos, CA; Resounding Achord of San Jose, CA; WomenSing of Orinda, CA, and multiple ensembles at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has done arrangements for Homestead High School, Los Altos United Methodist Church, and Willow Glen United Methodist Church, among others.
She is the winner of the 2015-16 WomenSing "Youth Inspiring Youth" choral composition competition, and her piece "8 Ways to Look at a Window" was premiered in June 2016. She was also a finalist for the I Kromatika composition competition in 2015, and a semi-finalist for the American Prize in Composition (choral division) in 2018.
photo by Teresa Tam
Marjorie released her debut pop album, Ready for Anything, on August 3, 2015, featuring a variety of songs she wrote during her years studying at VCFA. Many of her pop songs can be heard on her SoundCloud and YouTube channels.
Along with her band One Touch Relief, she is often seen performing open mic nights in downtown Montpelier during the VCFA music composition residencies in August and February.
Marjorie currently divides her time between Austin, TX; and Colchester, VT.