mark singleton - artistic director
Stephen Mark Singleton is a renowned conductor, composer and guest speaker. His unique career path has taken him all over the world including China, Africa, South America and Europe. As a frequent guest conductor and clinician, Mark has worked with choirs and orchestras of all ages and styles. His energetic and magnetic leadership has made him one of the most sought‐after conductors in New England.
Mark is a champion of new music ‐ particularly music of composers in the early stages of their careers. With Voce and Dr. Peter Bagley, he co‐founded the "Peter Bagley Commissioning Fund for New Works of Art" in order to promote music of young up‐and‐coming composers. He has premiered numerous works for choir and remains committed to performing new works of art.
Mark is frequently asked to be a guest speaker at concerts, universities, and faith communities. He has served on the faculty of the Hartt School Community Division, the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University as well as having taught in public schools. While at UCONN, he served as the conductor of the Concert Choir, Collegium Musicum and the Women's Chorus.
He has prepared choruses and served as guest conductor for many orchestras including the National Symphony of China, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Liberty Symphony Orchestra, Arcadiana Symphony Orchestra, Yale Symphony Orchestra and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Mark serves as the Artistic Director of Voce, Director of Music at Immanuel Congregational Church, Director of Primi Voci of the Connecticut Children's Chorus and Chorus Director for the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra.
Mark holds an undergraduate degree in cello performance and church music from William Jewell College and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of Connecticut. He has pursued additional conducting studies at the Robert Shaw Festival, the Dennis Keene Choral Festival and the Conductor’s Institute of South Carolina. His principal conducting teachers include Peter Bagley, Charles Bruffy, and Phillip C. Posey.
His work has been described by Morten Lauridsen as "exemplifying choral performance at its finest." The American Record Guide described his last album as demonstrating "tender warmth, exquisite nuance and enduring spirit," and Stereophile Magazine called his work "heartbreakingly beautiful."
Tom Cooke - President
Tom Cooke has been singing professionally since the dark ages – actually, since 1968 when he joined the choir of Men and Boys at Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven, Connecticut, then under the direction of G. Huntington Byles. Throughout Tom’s professional career as an attorney, a human resources executive and currently as Director of Administrative Services for the Town of Simsbury, he has been fed by music – in the words of composer Frank Techeli , “...music and singing have been my refuge, and music and singing shall be my light.”
With the support of his wife, Rosalind van Stolk, Tom helped Mark Singleton to found Voce in 2006. Voce was created with the conviction that it would make unbelievably beautiful music – and it has. In addition to its musical mission, Voce was founded to make a difference in the community it serves, and its educational mission has touched hundreds of children. Finally, Voce was founded with a commitment to responsible stewardship – and Voce has always met that commitment, operating consistently in the black since its inception. Tom is proud to lead a Board of Directors that embraces excellence in music, commitment to the community and a fiscally responsible approach to operations. He is also blessed to be singing with some of the best musicians he has ever known.
Board of Directors
Thomas F. Cooke II - President | Robert Borden (ex officio, past President) | Jane Currie | James A. Grigsby
Bob Lautensack | David Pettyjohn | Hal Rives | John Skar | Donna B. Stamm “ex-officio” | Bob Willard
Members of Voce
Jennifer Ferrand Kelly
Salli Jo Borden
Melanie Wade Cometa
Jack Anthony Pott*
Paul Laurence Fletcher