Master Teacher of Voice
By working on core vocal skills such as posture, breath support, tone quality, projection, register integration, diction, and learning the essential elements of singing in different musical styles, you can find your true voice for any style of music, gain confidence in your technique and sound, and polish your performance skills. In addition to being in demand as a voice teacher and clinician at numerous vocal workshops, Martin has been a member of the voice faculty of Dominican University and several prominent area high schools. He maintains a healthy roster of private voice students of all levels. He is most proud of all the accomplishments of his students. Current and former students have been heard singing: at their local churches and synagogues, in undergraduate music programs at universities throughout the United States, as music scholarship winners, in A cappella groups, as solo recording artists, at professional theaters throughout the Chicago area, on Broadway, and in the national touring companies of Broadway shows.
Martin, a native of Des Plaines, IL, has had a wide variety of experience in opera, concert, recital and musical theater. He can be heard as a guest artist on two CD’s with organist, Mary Gifford. On The Lyon Roars, recently featured on the nationally syndicated NPR radio program, Pipe Dreams, Martin sings beloved liturgical favorites. Catholic Heritage is a unique program of delightful organ miniatures and the mystical Gregorian chants upon which they are based. Both CD’s were recorded using the magnificent 1902 Lyon & Healy organ at the beautiful and inspiring Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Chicago, IL.
Martin can also be heard on the London-DECCA recording of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with Sir Georg Solti. He understudied the role of Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at the Ravinia Summer Music Festival. Hired by the legendary Margaret Hillis, Martin was a professional member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus for 19 seasons, appearing regularly on the stage of Orchestra Hall and on 5 Grammy® Award-winning recordings. Martin could also be heard singing “al fresco” with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park. He has served as a chorus representative for the American Guild of Musical Artists.
As a vocal soloist, Martin recently participated in the world premiere of Amy Kaplan’s cantata, Rituals and Revelations, with the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble of the University of Chicago. He also has appeared with the Harper Festival Orchestra singing the tenor solos in Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2, Lobesgesang, and in the title role of Carissimi’s Jepthe for Guild Musick. Other favorite solo performances have included Bach’s Cantata 140, Kaspar in Menotti’s Christmas opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and he even sang next to David Byrne of “Talking Heads” fame, in the Chicago performances of his cantata, The Forest.
Martin has appeared frequently in recital throughout the US, in Florida, California, and especially in the Chicago area, including a program entitled Songs of Inspiration, celebrating the opening of the new Chicago Symphony Center. Known as an eclectic and engaging recitalist, his recital programs explore the universal themes and events of our lives, and include music from Beethoven to Bossa Nova, from Purcell to pop, and from Schumann to Sondheim. Martin has also been heard as a soloist with the Halevi Choral Society in a program of sacred Jewish music, in performances of Britten’s Canticle No. 2: Abraham and Isaac, and at the National Headquarters of the Theosophical Society in America, an international organization dedicated to the comparative study of religion, philosophy, science and the arts.
Currently Martin is the Director of Music Ministries and organist at Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Elmhurst, Illinois. He has previously served as a liturgical musician in various capacities; as soloist, section leader, cantor, and assistant music director at several Chicago area churches, including Saint Vincent Ferrer and Saint John Brebeuf Roman Catholic parishes. He also spent many years as a member of the acclaimed Chancel Choir of Church of the Ascension in Chicago. Martin has sung for several synagogues in the Chicago area, including the all-professional High Holy Days Ensemble for North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, where he recently recorded two CDs of Jewish liturgical service music. He is also very proud to have recently been appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of the Village Singers, a community chorus dedicated to creating an opportunity for each member to express their natural love of singing, providing quality performances to the general public, and preserving the great choral traditions.