1. Faculty

Betsy Marvit

Humanities and Sciences

Courses Taught

  • Physics of Acoustics

Education

  • BM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 1999
  • BS, California Institute of Technology, 1994

Ensembles

  • Crowden Chamber Singers
  • San Francisco Boys Chorus

What is your hometown?

Swampscott, MA

What is your favorite recording?

The 1963 recording of Allegri's "Miserere," as sung by Roy Goodman.

What are you passionate about outside of music?

My children, karate, and food, in that order.

Who were your major teachers?

Ohshima Sensei, David Garner, Elly Armer, and Judit Hartyáni.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

"...yet." (when a student says they can't do something)
—Carol Dweck

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

"What measure number are we at?"

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

Walking into my high school choral rehearsal. The intricacies and harmonies in that theater blew my mind. I've never been the same, and music has been the only real option ever since.

What was a turning point in your career?

Founding Crowden Chamber Singers.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

Moping.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Stéphane Grappelli (improvisation is composing), Bartók, and Bach.

What is your unrealized project?

I'd like to write a large choral work, and have it performed by people who enjoy it.

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