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Marsha Doyenne: News

Für Elise Variations Released! - January 22, 2013

At long last...Für Elise Variations is done! It's available now at, or call 785-243-4044 to order. Look for this CD soon at CD Baby and other outlets.

Music from Gratitude featured on Nightcrossings! - January 16, 2012

Mari Detrixhe sent a copy of Gratitude to Radio Kansas. (Thank you, Mari!) I recently received an email from Michael Ables, Nightcrossings producer at Radio Kansas. He said, "Much of the music that you play fits well with the overall theme of the program and I'd like to put some tracks into rotation."

Starting January 16, 2012, I'm officially on the air, and have been each day this week! Be sure to check for play lists. Nightcrossings airs 9pm to midnight every Monday through Saturday.

More Fur Elise recorded - September 3, 2011

Well...I just couldn't help tinkering with the music! I've spent another month in Australia and changed a few songs, added new ones and now have a different mix of Fur Elise Variations! Now, I just need to decide on the order I want the music, then it goes to mastering, and then production.

Für Elise Variations CD recorded! - March 29, 2011

Just finished recording "Für Elise Variations" on the Stuart & Sons 102 key piano in Newcastle, Australia. 22 Tracks, approximately 51 minutes. Yeah! We still have to finish the mix and then get it mastered, duplicated, and all the other stuff, but the music has been recorded! I hope to release this before the summer is over.

Home on the Range recorded! - March 25, 2011

I'm at the Stuart & Sons factory in Newcastle, Australia, where I've been recording my new version of Home on the Range & Prairie Hymn in honor of the State of Kansas' 150th Anniversary! I'm also working on the "Für Elise Variations" CD and also hope to get everything written (and revised) and recorded before I leave.

Il est né - November 7, 2010

Il est né le divin enfant is a traditional French Christmas carol, and one of my favorite songs. I started an arrangement of this decades ago, but never quite finished it. While in Australia, I was inspired and took it in a new direction; in the last few months, I've finally finished it! I recorded the latest version at White Concert Hall at Washburn University in Topeka, KS last Friday, and I'm very happy with the result. This will ultimately be included on the Christmas CD I've started.

Für Elise Variations - Update - May 11, 2010

Für Elise is keeping me busy. I've re-written some of the variations I recorded in Australia in January, so I'll need to go back and do further recording.

Home on the Range - March 5, 2010

The piano version of Home on the Range premiered on the 4th of July, 2009. I have been asked to arrange this for a flute quartet, so we met and experimented a bit ... trying to capture the prairie wind. More work to be done, but I'm excited by what I've heard so far!

Für Elise Variations - Coming Soon! - February 15, 2010

In January, I went back to Newcastle, Australia to work with the new 102-key Stuart piano. I went with no expectations... I just wanted to see how the piano spoke to me. This was probably the happiest and most productive 3 weeks I can remember!!! I was totally blown away by the sounds that are possible. I wrote material for three different projects, and the first project to be released will be Für Elise Variations in both print and CD formats. Join the email list and I'll let you know when it's ready! Thanks for your support! Marsha

A New Declaration of Independence! - July 4, 2009

This has been an exciting adventure working with "Thomas Paine" AKA Bob Basso in his "New Declaration of Independence" from the center of the continent, and heart of America, in Osborne, KS. I premiered my new piano arrangement of "Home on the Range", which was originally written not far from here in Smith Center, KS. It was a thrill to share the stage with Linus Sarver and to accompany opera star Paula Swornay from Los Angeles in this event. Paula and I have decided to collaborate on a new CD...details as soon as we have it all worked out!

Far From Haggersville CD & Mystery - April 15, 2009

Peter Mathews has created the ultimate Mystery, Music, Movie, and Cross-Country Treasure Hunt! If you own the Far from Haggersville Deluxe CD, you hold half of the key to decrypting the clues in the puzzle. The rest is found in 9 Keystones placed at strategic locations from California to Wisconsin.

What is the connection to me? Well, one of my stores - Essentials, in downtown Concordia, KS - is the location of one of 9 Keystones used to solve the mystery!

See for more information and to listen to music clips, and to learn more about the treasure hunt! Good luck!

Benefit Concert - Brown Grand Theatre - April 6, 2009

Monday, April 6, 2009 7pm
Marsha Doyenne, Patrick Sieben, the Cloud County Kicks Jazz Band, and the NCK Community Band shared the stage at the historic Brown Grand Theatre in Concordia, KS in a benefit concert for the Resource Council. In addition to the free will offering, Marsha donated 25% of the proceeds of her CD sales that evening to the Resource Council.

A Quote for the New Year! - January 1, 2009

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now!"
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Favorite Poem - December 30, 2008

The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

MERRY CHRISTMAS! - December 25, 2008

I've always liked "Good King Wenceslas" and someday my arrangement of this tune will be on a Christmas CD. For now, you can listen and download the entire song from the Music page!

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