The 5 daughters of Leonard and Margaret Marsch have been singing together since their early childhood days in their home. They began sharing their musical abilities in 1996 at the invitation of local churches and retirement communities. Each year the Marsch girls, Amanda (21), Joanna (19), Natalie (18), Emily (15) and Elizabeth (15), have presented a growing number of performances in the Southeastern Pennsylvania area. Their programs include a variety of classical and sacred pieces, patriotic and international songs. The sisters have the pure, clear tone of young voices, as well as a natural blend because of the familial relationship. Most of their music is in 3 or 4 part harmony, and is sung a capella or accompanied by piano or organ.
The Marsch girls have provided music for churches, schools, banquets, retirement communities, and local events. Some of the organizations the girls have sung for are the Lancaster Musical Art Society, the Pennsylvania State Library Association, the Berks County Chamber of Commerce, The Eicher Arts Center in Ephrata, the PA Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast in Harrisburg, Lancaster and York County ACTION, The Republican Women's Club, The Lititz Travelogue, the American Cancer Society Concert of Hope, and Sandy Cove Bible Conference in Northeast, MD. In 2002 and 2003 they presented music on multiple occasions for the visiting Chinese executives at Millersville University's Shanghai Executive Training program.
Some Christmas season highlights have been singing at some of the historic landmarks of Lancaster County, including The Heritage Museum, Candlelight Tours at President James Buchanan's mansion (Wheatland), the Hans Herr House, the Carol Sing services at the Old Zion Church in Brickerville, PA, and the yearly Advent service for the Workshop For Young Performing Artists at the Lower Octorara Presbyterian Church in southern Lancaster County. In 2001, 2002 and 2003, the girls sang for the Christmas Open House at the Pennsylvania State Governor's Residence in Harrisburg, and in December of 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, sang in the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building. In December 2005 and 2006 the girls were honored to sing at one of the Christmas Open House events at the White House.
The Marsch family has recorded three CDs. The first, entitled "Instruments of Peace," is a compilation of sacred, classical, patriotic, and international songs representative of the repertoire used in their programs. Their Christmas CD, "Angels We Have Heard," features primarily historic English, German and French carols. Their most recent CD, "Lift Thine Eyes," features primarily hymns and sacred classics.
Each of the 5 girls has also received formal piano instruction and have performed solos and accompanied choirs in their schools, church, and local music organizations. Amanda, Joanna and Elizabeth have each been winners in the Instrumental Competitions sponsored by the Women's Symphony Association in Lancaster. The older girls have been recipients of music scholarship awards. The five girls combine their talents to play 4-hand and 6-hand piano compositions in the family programs.