I was born in a small Kansas town near where my great-grandparents became homesteaders in 1869. After two years at The University of Kansas, I joined what was then The Kansas City Philharmonic, finishing my Bachelor's degree at age 24. I moved to New York City, obtained a Master's degree from The Manhattan School of Music, and was a freelance violinist in New York for 23 years.
In late 1970 I founded a non-profit record label, Leonarda Productions, Inc., (which produced recordings until 2011) and eventually gave up my performance career. A classical label, one of Leonarda's specialties was recording works by women composers: nearly 90 if them, stretching back to the 12th century.
Marnie’s biological father is Francis Everard Walsh: DNA connection was established with cousin connections through Frank’s/Francis’ sisters Vivienne (grandson Greg John), Ruth (great granddaughter McCloud), and through Frank’s brother Raymond’s daughter, Kathryn (Reeve).
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