ROBERT A. MARTIN, Ph.D., ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Robert is a native Michiganian who has been making his mark on vocal music since he was a student at the prestigious Cass Technical High School in Detroit. He 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; Chief Deputy for Strategic Reform for the Pontiac Schools; and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for West Bloomfield Schools. In June 2016, Robert retired from his position as Chief of Staff at Utica Community Schools; however, he could not stay away from the world of education for long and is currently an educational consultant for Michigan State University and adjunct lecturer at Oakland University and the University of Michigan-Flint.
Robert has been the Artistic Director of Madrigal Chorale since 1990 and a member since 1984. He is the former Director of the Metropolitan Detroit Youth Chorus and the Lighthouse Singers. Robert’s choral ensembles consistently received the highest critical acclaim at state and national festivals and competitions, and in national and international touring including London, England and Vienna, Austria. 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.
Robert is married to the former Kim Price and they are the proud parents of Timothy and Christopher.
BETSY MARSH, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
Betsy earned a BA in music from Albion College, a MM in Choral Conducting from Oakland University, where she studied with Dr. Michael Mitchell, and completed extensive coursework in Vocal Performance at Millikin University and Eastern Michigan University.
Betsy was honored to direct three State Honors Choirs (most recently in 2015) and during her 36 year career as a choral director was Rochester Middle School Teacher of the Year as well as the Rochester Community School nominee for Oakland Schools Outstanding Teacher. She was a finalist for the Michigan School Vocal Music Association Teacher of the Year and was honored with an MSVMA Emeritus Award. She was Bella Voce editor for ACDA-MI from 2009-15. 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.
When she is not making music, Mrs. Marsh is an artist.
Her greatest blessing is her family: husband Peter, daughter Darcy, son-in-law Devin, and precious grandsons, Teddy and Charlie.
PATRICK KUHL, ACCOMPANIST