Mark Bartel , DMA, MMus, MSMus, BMus
Mark Bartel is a versatile conductor and music educator. This season marked his 14th year as Director of Choral Music at Friends University and conductor of the 70-voice Singing Quakers, where he has built a program of four choirs, including the Chamber Choir and Choral Union. Dr. Bartel has directed the choirs at Friends University in numerous performances at Kansas Music Educators Association and regional American Choral Directors Association conventions and has toured with the Singing Quakers throughout the United States, Canada, Germany and Costa Rica. He is the founder and director of the Sing It! Vocal Festival, an annual festival which brings Kansas high school and college choirs to Friends University to study and perform under the baton of internationally-renowned specialists in choral music. Dr. Bartel has also taught applied voice, conducting, and choral methods at Friends University.
Active in the wider choral community, Dr. Bartel is sought after as a guest conductor, clinician, speaker, and adjudicator. From 2006-2011 he was the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Wichita Community Children’s Choir and he is a frequent guest conductor for honour choirs and festivals for singers of all ages. In July 2010, Dr. Bartel was appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of the Wichita Chamber Chorale — the third artistic director in the choir’s 40-year history. He is the founder and director of the Wichita Chamber Chorale’s Kansas Choral Composition Prize program, which promotes new choral music rooted in the state of Kansas. He has been a member of the board of the Kansas Choral Directors Association since 2009, and currently serves as the President of KCDA.
As an orchestral conductor, Dr. Bartel has been artistic director of several youth and community orchestras in Canada. He has directed the Mennonite Oratorio Choir and members of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted Friends University choirs and the Wichita Chamber Chorale in choral masterworks and frequently prepares the Singing Quakers for performances with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
Dr. Bartel has held church music positions in both Winnipeg and Dallas, and also presents on topics related to church music and worship. His current research focuses on active peace-building through the choral experience. As doctoral fellow in choral conducting at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., Dr. Bartel was the conductor of the Repertory Singers and Assistant Conductor of the Eastman Chorale and the Eastman-Rochester Chorus. His doctoral research focused upon 18th century musical-rhetorical approach and the choral music of Bohemian composer, Jan Dismas Zelenka.
A native of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Mark’s career has taken him to several cities in the United States and Canada. He has held faculty positions at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, N.Y.; the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario; and Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Honored with the 2018 W.A. Young Award for Teaching Excellence at Friends University, Dr. Bartel is a past recipient of the Canada Council’s prestigious Sir Ernest Macmillan Prize in Conducting. A graduate of the University of Winnipeg and Mennonite Brethren Bible College, he holds the Master of Music and Master of Sacred Music degrees from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.