Early in her life in Huntsville she worked with Dr. Collins at Oakwood College, and after so many request's and, also offering so many "NO's" she agreed to teach at the Valley Conservatory. Marilyn was so surprised to find that she loves teaching; sharing with the students her love of music, it's historical place in our culture and hoping to carry on the value of music in our society and into the future. Marilyn has been teaching at the Valley Conservatory for approximately one year.
Marilyn was born into the perfect family! Her father was a violist, conductor, and music teacher. Her mother was a violinist, so of course, Marilyn started playing the violin when she was 3 years old (she still owns her 16th size violin).
At age 17 her family moved to Stuttgart, Germany where her father oversaw orchestra and choral music in the Army high school system. Marilyn attended Staatlich Hochschule fur Musik and studied cello and voice. She was surprised to find out that she really loved singing, and ultimately studied with the foremost opera voice teacher in Germany while studying cello and serving as section leader for the Ludwigsburger Staatsorchestra.
Returning to San Diego, CA. her home town, she continued studies at San Diego State University as a double major, voice and cello, also studied and coached voice at USC. This was enormously time consuming, private lessons and performing in both areas and traveling to Los Angeles every week. After winning the Metropolitan Opera Auditions she decided to make the choice to choose one major, voice, with minors in cello and German. During this time, she won the audition with the San Diego Symphony, and embarked on a 35 year career as a symphony musician. At the same time, she enjoyed a career as an opera and oratorio singer, going on tour with Michael Tilson Thomas and performing Bachiannas Brasillieras in concert throughout Great Britain as well as the Hollywood Bowl. Additionally, she served as Minister of Music in a very understanding church, which allowed her to travel on concert tours throughout the United States. She also founded and managed the Pacific Chamber Ensemble, a chamber orchestra that performed 8 concerts a year.
In 1995 Marilyn retired from San Diego Symphony and moved to Huntsville with her husband, the late Paul Zubrod, because of it's active cultural community. Paul founded the Brass Band of Huntsville and Marilyn began shuttling between Huntsville and San Diego, still performing with the San Diego Opera orchestra. But soon she was asked to play with the Huntsville Symphony, which she did until last spring when she retired, yet again.