Mark Powell

Mark Powell is a baritone in the Saint Tikhon Choir. Devotion to the vocal art in Christian liturgy and to historic (early) music have formed the two principal pillars of his career, both as a performer and arts administrator, in the US as well as in the UK and Belgium, where he lived in the early 1990s. He has been a principal singer with Cappella Romana since 1995, performing Byzantine chant in its medieval and received traditions, as well as chant and choral works from Slavic and Western sources. In the early 2000s he began serving as Cappella Romana’s Executive Director, now full-time, overseeing the ensemble’s US and international touring, recording and publishing projects, and its series of concerts in the Northwest and the Bay Area ( Earlier in his career he held senior positions with Portland Baroque Orchestra, Early Music America, and ACFEA Tour Consultants. Mark was tonsured a reader by His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony of blessed memory (Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco), and has served as a psaltis, choir director, and composer/arranger in Greek Orthodox parishes for over 25 years. He received a B.A. in music from Seattle Pacific University and an M.A. in musicology from the University of Washington with a thesis on the music of Orthodox composer Arvo Pärt.