D.M. Choral Conducting, University of Michigan
M.M. Orchestral Conducting, National Music University of Bucharest, Romania
Bachelor of Music, Duke University
Dr. Mark Marotto is the Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Lone Star College–Montgomery where he heads the choral-vocal area, conducts the Chamber Singers and Concert Choir and teaches musicianship. 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 5 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 d’Espérance (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 master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the National Music University of Bucharest, Romania and a bachelor’s 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.
Most summers, Dr. Marotto teaches a music appreciation course for the Pepperdine University program in Lausanne, Switzerland. His research on peak performance in choirs and orchestras has been published and presented at conferences throughout Europe and North America. An active adjudicator and clinician, Dr. Marotto is a member of the American Choral Director’s Association, National Collegiate Choral Organization and Conductor’s Guild.