Artistic Staff

Dr. Brandon Ulrich, DMA,
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 is the Artistic Director of the Madrigal Chorale.

He holds degrees from Southern Oregon University and Michigan State, where he completed his Doctorate 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 and Strings, 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 is associate director of the St. Paul's UMC Choir and teaches private voice lessons. She was Bella Voce editor for ACDA-MI from 2009-15 and directed the Macomb Children's chorus select ensemble from 2010-2020.

In her retirement, 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.

Constantine Novotny,
Collaborative Pianist

Constantine Novotny is a recent graduate of the Master of Sacred Music program at the University of Notre Dame. He was previously the 2013-2015 Samuel Ramey Opera Fellowship recipient during his graduate studies at Wichita State University, and also holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Oakland University in Rochester, MI.

A native of the Metro-Detroit area, Constantine has performed with a variety of ensembles including the American Bach Soloists, American Classical Orchestra, Musica Sacra, Apollo's Fire Singers, Audivi, Sounding Light, the Michigan Opera Theatre Chorus, the Bach Cantata Academy Ensemble, and the Carnegie Hall Chamber Chorale alongside the Tallis Scholars. With the American Bach Soloists, Constantine has performed Bach’s St. Matthew Passion one-on-a-part as the Choir II Bass and also been featured in a concert at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral singing selections from Mondonville’s Cantate Domino. Operatic highlights include the title role in Don Giovanni and Sid in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring with Opera MODO, Dottore Grenvil in La Traviata with Arbor Opera Theater, Gueusselin in Michigan Opera Theatre’s production of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night, and Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance with Opera Notre Dame. He has been frequently heard as a chorister and soloist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Detroit, MI, from 2018-2019 was the cantor at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Elkhart, IN, and was recently in the Compostela Choir of St. James Church, and a member of the Choir of St. Luke in the Fields in New York City.

Robert A. Martin, Ph.D., Director Emeritus

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 was the Artistic Director of Madrigal Chorale from 1990 until 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.

He is currently semi-retired and the founder of Martin, Martin and Associates, LLC, an educational consulting organization. In Fall 2017, Robert became a Visiting Professor at Oakland University specializing in Educational Leadership and, in 2020, he became a full time Special Instructor.