Professional: Dr. Mark Marotto is the chair of the music department at Lone Star College-Montgomery where he also heads the choral-vocal area. Previously, Dr. Marotto led the choral programs at Eastern Michigan University as well as Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.
Dr. Marotto has lived and worked in five countries throughout Europe and North America. During his eight years in Switzerland, he served as Artistic Director of Le Louverain, a summer choral festival in Neuchâtel as well as conducted a number of ensembles including the Bern University Chorus, Le Motet de Genève and the Lausanne Youth Choir. He also music directed musical theatre productions for the Geneva Amateur Operatic Society. In late 2004, Dr. Marotto founded Voix díEspérance (Voices of Hope) to perform concerts in support of charities. The inaugural concert of the Mozart Requiem was televised and raised funds for tsunami-relief.
Dr. Marotto completed his doctorate in choral conducting at the University of Michigan under Jerry Blackstone. He also holds a masterís degree in orchestral conducting from the National Music University of Bucharest, Romania and a bachelorís in music, summa cum laude, from Duke University. He has worked with a number of prominent conductors, among them Helmuth Rilling, Christopher Hogwood, Kurt Masur and George Pehlivanian.