At age 2, Marjorie begins to investigate ways to make sound. Pots and pans
are used for her orchestrations and the overtones from the refrigerator
fan provides hours of entertainment and scientific investigation.
Marjorie's Native American grandfather Haskell invites her to listen
carefully to the sound of the granddaddy bullfrog at the Grand Lake of
the Cherokees. The cacophony of frogs, crickets, insects and birds is "music" to
her young ears.
Jazz musician father gives 11 year old Marjorie a tuning fork to tune
her guitar. She promptly begins putting the tuning fork near her ears
and on her body. She loves feeling the sound vibration of the tuning
fork, and thus the journey begins.
Watching the TV series Bewitched, she becomes ecstatic as Dr. Bombay
treats Samantha’s malady with a tuning fork! A sign of what is
Enters music school in Arizona and horrifies professors by composing
outside of the Classical Music box!
Graduates with a BS in General Science and a minor in Music Education.
While playing in a band, the piano player uses a tuning fork to
help Marjorie with a migraine headache. This re-sparks her interest in
tuning forks and the possibility of their therapeutic use.
Marjorie begins her studies in the healing arts: Massage Therapy, Yoga,
Hydrotherapy, Shiatsu, Guided Imagery and Meditation.
Marjorie, along with David Minzell and Tom Johnston, develop one of the
first Onsite Massage businesses in the US. Their Onsite Shiatsu, Oriental
Medicine & Massage
business caters to Metro bus drivers for the city of Seattle, eventually
offering treatment to all Metro city and county employees. Marjorie
introduces Sound Healing in treatments, owns and manages the business
Studies under the tutelage of Dr. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, leading
authority on death and dying, who encourages Marjorie to pursue her music
while exploring the healing arts.
Graduates from the Seattle Shiatsu Institute, with additional studies
in Jin Shin Do.
Works with Seattle based In Touch for three years as a volunteer Bodyworker,
Reiki practitioner, and Shiatsu therapist, helping people with Aids
in their final stage of illness.
Forms the Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet, and tours the US and
Europe into the mid-nineties.
Receives a grant as a member of the the BTMSQ from the Austrian government
to work with autistic children through music.
Writes the musical score for "Crocodile Tears," a movie about
one man’s journey with AIDS. Body Worker and Instructor by day, Musician
by night, Marjorie finds the time and enthusiasm to start developing a
Tuning Fork Sound Healing System while teaching Shiatsu, Kundalini Yoga
and Hara Diagnosis at the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental
Medicine (NIAOM) in Seattle, Washington. In addition, Marjorie begins studying
with Huichol Shaman Brant Secunda. She resonates with the drumming, rattling
and chanting healing practices of the Huichol Indians.
Marjorie and the Clinical Dean at NIAOM, Donna Carey, begin implementing
the Acutonics® Sound Healing system at the school and in 13 satellite
public clinics, in response to client needle sensitivity. Hundreds
of clients report healing benefits and provide research data. The non-invasive
and musically based treatment system using the tuning forks is an immediate
and overwhelming success.
Marjorie and Donna begin teaching Acutonics® classes to acupuncturists
at NIAOM, and co-found the Kairos Institute of Sound Healing.
The two founders begin writing one of the first comprehensive textbook
on subjects of the therapeutic application of tuning forks and other
sound instruments, "There’s No Place Like Ohm: Sound Healing,
Oriental Medicine and the Cosmic Mysteries," published by Devachan
Marjorie is diagnosed with breast cancer and successfully incorporates
sound into her healing journey, along with a range of other alternative
Marjorie envisions a piece of music in the healing key of Ohm with sounds
from the natural world and forms the ambient musical collective Analemma.
As a Sound Healing instructor, students had asked Marjorie to create
a CD they could play during treatments that would harmonize with the
Ohm based tuning forks. The resulting CD “There’s No Place
Like Ohm,” by Analemma, published by Lemniscate Music, is an
innovative and pioneering composition in the musical key of Ohm.
Lemniscate Music releases Volume 2 of "There’s No Place Like
Ohm," and Marjorie develops the Ohm Resonator. In addition, provided
with Marjorie’s expertise in the field of Sound Healing, Lemniscate
Music also offers Ohm Tuning Forks, and a Tuning Fork Primer Instructional
Chart to both the general public and a diverse array of health care practitioners.
Marjorie completes her Masters degree in Music Education from Boston University.
Sounds True publishes the CD, "In the Key of Earth." Marjorie along with
Inlakesh present at the 2007 International Sound Healing Conference on the
healing and meditative power of the didgeridoo.
Sounds True commissions Marjorie to compose a new CD in her signature
tuning of Ohm, "Vibrational Healing Music" (Sounds True, New Release Spring
2009). Lemniscate Music introduces the Osteo Ohm Tuning Fork and publishes
Marjorie's long anticipated practical application manual with DVD, "Sound
Healing, Vibrational Healing with Ohm Tuning Forks." Marjorie continues
her studies at the Southwest Acupuncture College.