A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Kimberly Marshall began her organ studies with John Mueller at the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1974. Her early interest in French music took her to France where she worked with Louis Robilliard (1978-79) and Xavier Darasse (1980-81) before returning to North Carolina to complete her undergraduate studies with Fenner Douglass in 1982.
Kimberly received a full scholarship from the British government to pursue graduate studies at the University of Oxford (1982-86), culminating with a D.Phil. in Music for her thesis, Iconographical Evidence for the Late-Medieval Organ. During her time in England, in 1985, she won first prize in the St. Albans Organ Interpretation Competition, leading to a contract with the BBC and a recital on the Royal Festival Hall series.
In 1998, Kimberly was appointed Associate Professor of Music at Arizona State University, where she oversees the graduate organ studio and presides over the instrument by Paul Fritts (1992). She was promoted to an endowed position as Full Professor in 2002 and served as Director of the School of Music from 2006-2012.