Marilyn Cooley has been surrounded by great music all her life. She grew up in a home where classical music was present every day, in recordings, on the radio, and in performance with family members.
Inspired by appearances at state competitions with her high school choir, Marilyn studied music throughout her academic career. Following her undergraduate degree in music, she joined the American Musicological Society, and went on to earn her Master of Music at Northwestern University. There she performed as a chorister and soloist with the University Collegium Musicum, and specialized in music of the Renaissance and Baroque eras.
About working in radio, she says, "I like finding something about the music that offers listeners a sense of emotional recognition. Sometimes listeners come to think of the person on the radio as their friend, and the radio station eventually feels like home. I appreciate that relationship, and the opportunity to help the community connect with the inspiring music that we all love."
A former animal care volunteer at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington and the primate and panda unit at the National Zoo, Marilyn's favorite leisure activity is birding by ear.