Marla Feeney holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa, both degrees in music performance. Before moving to the Atlanta area, she taught as an adjunct faculty member at several Midwestern colleges in addition to teaching privately. She has also performed as a staff musician on Norwegian Cruise Line and as a theater musician and staff arranger in shows of Branson, MO.
Here in Georgia, Marla served as the conductor from 2005-2007 for the East Cobb New Horizons Band (a special concert band for musicians age 50+ based in Marietta). She has taught at two New Horizon Music Camps. From 2014-2018, she served as Music Director of the Roswell New Horizons Bands. The groups rehearse at the Adult Recreation Center on Grimes Bridge Road every Thursday and Friday.
Marla has been teaching private music lessons to students of all ages for over 25 years. Her woodwind students have performed as members of the Georgia All-State Bands, Atlanta Wind Symphony, Iowa and Illinois All-State Bands, and do extremely well in their school programs. Many participate in Solo and Ensemble Festivals, and some of her past students have gone on to major in music in college and acquire scholarships.
Ms. Feeney has been playing clarinet since grade school, saxophone and flute since high school. She's been performing professionally since college years. Past mentors include private woodwind study with Dr. George K. Mellott, Marvin Doctor, Mike Karpowicz, Gerald DeClue, Dr. Maurita Murphy-Mead, and classical chamber music studies with Prof. Daniel Shapiro. Former mentors in jazz studies include Brett Stamps, Rick Haydon, Stephen Brown, John Rapson, Raphael Dos Santos, and Steve Grismore.
Marla currently performs regularly in Atlanta and the metro area with the Bonaventure Quartet, Society Express, Emrah Kotan & New Anatolian Experience, and freelances with many groups. She has her own Klezmer Band called the Marlatov Cocktails. She recently performed in the Atlanta Jazz Festival. She has performed with shows at the Alliance Theater, Fox Theater, the Cobb Energy Center. Marla currently plays baritone sax and clarinet in the Joe Gransden Big Band.