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ROBERT A. MARTIN, Ph.D., ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Robert A. Martin is a native Michiganian and holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Oakland University. His doctorate is in Educational Leadership with a Music cognate.  

He is the former Vocal Music Director, Arts and Communications Academy Coordinator and Assistant Principal at Southfield-Lathrup High School, Principal at Thompson Middle School, Leadership Consultant at Oakland Schools, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the West Bloomfield Public Schools and Chief of Staff of Utica Community Schools.   

Robert has been the Artistic Director of Madrigal Chorale since 1990 and is the former Director of the Metropolitan Detroit Youth Chorus and the Lighthouse Singers. In 1991 and 1999, Robert’s peers elected him to conduct a State Honors Choir and in 1999 they voted him Michigan School Vocal Music Association’s Teacher of the Year.  In April 2017, Dr. Martin was honored to direct Madrigal Chorale while participating in the Carnegie Hall debut of the Stacey V. Gibbs Chorale.

Robert is married to the former Kim Price and they are the proud parents of Timothy and Christopher.  

He is currently semi-retired and the founder of Martin, Martin and Associates, LLC an educational consulting organization. In Fall 2017, Robert will become a Visiting Professor at Oakland University. He will be specializing in Educational Leadership.



Dr. BRANDON ULRICH, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Dr. Brandon Ulrich has been teaching at Stoney Creek High School since the school's inception in 2002, where he currently serves as Director of Choral Activities at Stoney Creek and the Tenor/Bass Chorus at Hart Middle School.  He also serves as Choirmaster at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Director of Music Ministries at Northminster Presbyterian Church, and recently appointed Artistic Director of the Madrigal Chorale.  

He holds degrees from Southern Oregon University and Michigan State, where he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting in 2013.   Dr. Ulrich frequently presents sessions at conventions, and is called upon as a clinician and adjudicator across the state for both MSVMA and MSBOA.  He has served on the Michigan State University College of Music Alumni Board of Directors, and currently serves on the MSVMA Executive Board as Repertoire and Sight Reading Chair.  

His ensembles have performed at the Michigan Music Conference, ACDA State and Central Division Conventions, Michigan Youth Arts Festival, frequently perform with the Detroit Symphony and the Detroit Chamber Winds, in addition to biennial international tours.  

Dr. Ulrich is an advocate for new music, establishing the Stoney Creek Commissioning Project which annually premiers several new works.  His own compositions and scholarly editions are published through Boosey and Hawkes, MusicSpoke, Colla Voce Music Inc., and Musicatus Press.  



BETSY MARSH, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Betsy Graham Marsh has a BA in music from Albion College and a MM in Choral Conducting from Oakland University, where she studied with Dr. Michael Mitchell.

She was elected by her peers to direct three State Honors Choirs (most recently in 2014) and during her 36 year career as a choral director was twice honored as Rochester Middle School Teacher of the Year.  She was also a finalist for the Michigan School Vocal Music Association Teacher of the Year and was honored with an MSVMA Emeritus Award. Still active as an adjudicator and clinician, she directs the Macomb Children's Chorus Troubadours and St. Paul's UMC Epworth Choir, as well as maintaining a private voice studio. She was Bella Voce editor for ACDA-MI from 2009-15.

Since her retirement from public school teaching, she has become a professional artist. Her favorite cheerleaders are her husband Peter, daughter Darcy, son-in-law Devin, and two of the most adorable grandsons ever. 




PATRICK KUHL, ACCOMPANIST
Patrick Kuhl has served the metropolitan Detroit area as a professional musician for the past fifty years. He currently serves as Minister of Music at Central Woodward Christian Church in Troy and organist at Omena Presbyterian Church in Omena , Michigan during the summer months. A retired vocal music teacher of thirty-six years, Mr. Kuhl continues to teach church organ music classes.