Marilyn Swan is a pianist who teaches from her home studio as well as at the UCD Music Department. She is a 1973 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and has performed extensively in and out of the US, appearing with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic (with Zubin Mehta and Michael Tilson Thomas), the American Youth Symphony, California Chamber Symphony, Curtis Institute Orchestra, Fresno Philharmonic, Santa Barbara Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, and Caracas (Venezuela) Philharmonic. She was also piano soloist for four years for the Los Angeles Ballet Company.

Marilyn is also an avid gardener and enjoys regular trips to Redwood Barn and the Ace Gardening Department.