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'JIIZAS A GO BAAN'
for Choir, Soloists and Orchestra
An oratorio with text from the
Jamiekan Nyuu Testiment on the
Birth of Jesus according to St. Luke.
7 December 2019 in Kingston, Jamaica.
A Jamaican native, ANDREW MARSHALL is Associate Professor of Music at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. Prior to his appointment at Oakwood University, Andrew served as Choir Director at Pine Forge Academy in Pine Forge, Pennsylvania, and Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choirs at Northern Caribbean University.
His creative output spans a broad range of genres and musical forces. Among his orchestral output are three symphonies for orchestra: Run-A-Boat, Nyabinghi, and Kongkongkraba. Other extended works in his catalogue include the opera, Hardtalk, Reggae Mass for mixed chorus and orchestra, Revivalist Suite for mixed choir, and Wa Jiizas Priich Se Pan Di Mountn, a suite of settings of the Beatitudes from the Jamiekan Nyuu Testiment. He has completed and premiered Jiizas Ded an Kom Bak Alaiv (2016) a resurrection work for mixed voices, soloists and orchestra with text from the Jamiekan Nyuu Testiment, and most recently, a nativity work, Jiizas a-go Baan (2018) for the same forces, also with text from the Jamiekan Nyuu Testiment.
Andrew has also several arrangements and compositions in his
portfolio varying in difficulty, genres, styles, and content. Examples from his complete catalogue may be found below in the Books & Music tab.
For over fifteen years Andrew served as music director and accompanist for Maranatha Ministries, a dramatic musical ensemble led by his mother, Jacqueline Marshall. During his tenure with the group, Andrew completed two tours to England and Wales, and multiple tours across the United States and Jamaica.
In 2010 Andrew founded and has since directed the Jamaica Choral Scholars’ Festival, an annual event that underscores the creation and performance of Caribbean choral works. Since its inception Andrew has commissioned Caribbean-centric anthems, and edited existing choral works for performance, including Lisa Narcisse’s First Jamaican Mento Mass, Second Jamaican Mento Mass; and Samuel Felsted’s oratorio Jonah.
He has received commissions from organizations such as the Office of the Governor General of Jamaica, Philharmonic Orchestra of Jamaica, Immaculate Conception High School for Girls, Jamaica Information Service, Jamaica Symphony Orchestra, Jamaica Youth Chorale, Kingston College Chapel Choir, and Cimarron Opera Company.
Most recently, Andrew was awarded first prize in the Huntsville Master Chorale Choral Composition Competition for his choral setting of the poem ‘April’ by Ella Higginson. The work received its world premiere performance by the Huntsville Master Chorale in Spring 2018.
Andrew received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Caribbean University (Mandeville, Jamaica), a Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College of Rider University (Princeton, New Jersey), and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma (Norman, Oklahoma). Andrew also holds an Advanced Certificate in Piano Performance from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).
Andrew is actively engaged in writing compositions and arrangements in a variety of styles and idioms, including pop acapella pieces and extended works. Contact Andrew at to request a commission for your group.