Regarded as a leading conductor and pedagogue in the US and abroad, Professor Mark Stover shares his passion for people and building community through pursuing the highest levels of artistry. Beginning in September 2018, he will commence an appointment as associate director of choirs at the University of Michigan where he will conduct the Men’s Glee Club and the University Choir, teach undergraduate conducting, and serve as the conductor of the Michigan Youth Chamber Singers.
Professor Stover comes to Ann Arbor from Northfield, Minnesota, home of Saint Olaf College, where he has served on the music faculty as conductor of the St. Olaf Chapel Choir (SATB) and Viking Chorus (TTBB) while teaching conducting and a new course he designed titled, Music and Social Justice. Both of these choirs regularly appear in the annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival, a tradition held for over a century and regarded around the world as one of the great music festivals of the season. Recently, Prof. Stover led the Chapel Choir, Viking Chorus, and the Festival Mass Choir of over 400 voices in the St. Olaf Christmas Festival presented at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis at the 2017 National Convention of the American Choral Conductors Association (ACDA). Additionally, Stover served for multiple seasons as the artistic director of Magnum Chorum, a semi-professional choral ensemble of over 60 voices based in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Magnum Chorum was a featured ensemble in the 2017 ACDA National Conference in the Raymond C. Brock Commission performance under the baton of Robert Spano.
Notable performances and collaborations under Stover’s leadership with Magnum Chorum include the commissioning and world premiere of Paul Rudoi’s concert length musical drama, Sermon on the Mount; a collage concert creation with composer Jake Runestad addressing gun violence in the United States; and major works by Rheinberger and Gjeilo. Additionally Prof. Stover has conducted the annual oratorio concert with the St. Olaf Orchestra and Chapel Choir, performing Francis Poulenc’s Gloria, Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna and a new work by Charles Forsberg, titled, Cantica in Laude Sacri. In spring 2018, Prof. Stover's Chapel Choir will be collaborating with the St. Olaf Choir and Orchestra to bring an original Buddhist oratorio to Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis for the world premiere of The Path by composer Justin Merritt. Among his most meaningful musical partnerships is the creation of a residency between the singers of Magnum Chorum and Voices of Hope, a choir made up of women incarcerated at the Shakopee Women’s Prison (MN), directed by Amanda Weber.
Prof. Stover has been featured as a conductor and pedagogue throughout the United States and abroad and has led ensembles in Ukraine and France. In 2014, Stover guest conducted the famed St. Olaf Choir and led the ensemble in performances throughout the Midwest. Upcoming guest engagements include the 2018 Together In Hope Project, a professional touring choral ensemble from the Twin Cities who will travel to perform several concerts in Rome and the 2019 Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asian Schools in Singapore.
Stover’s leadership has been a bridge between the academy and the broader community. He has served as the Director of Worship at Colonial Church in Edina (MN) for over a decade, overseeing multiple choral and instrumental ensembles, conducting the Colonial Chorale and founding the Colonial Chamber Singers. Prior to Colonial, he was the Director of Worship, Music and Arts at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church in the San Francisco Bay Area where he also taught choral music and contemporary a cappella ensembles at Campolindo High School. Mark is the former R&R Chair of Music in Worship for ACDA of Minnesota, and this summer, he will act as lead faculty coordinator for the biennial St. Olaf Conference on Worship, Theology and the Arts.
Prof. Stover holds degrees from St. Olaf College and Luther Seminary where he studied conducting and choral repertoire under the mentorship of Dr. Anton Armstrong and Dr. Paul Westermeyer.
David Hahn is a conductor, baritone, and educator, currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. In the fall of 2019, Mr. Hahn was appointed Artistic Director of the Novi Choralaires, Director of Music Ministries at Bethlehem United Church of Christ, and Assistant Conductor of the Michigan Youth Chamber Singers and the internationally acclaimed University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club.
From 2016-2019, Mr. Hahn resided in Buffalo, NY where he was Artistic Director and Conductor of the Orchard Park Chorale and Director of Choral Music at Nichols School where he directed the Concert Choir, Honors Vocal Ensemble, and taught courses in voice, electronic music composition, and music appreciation. While at Nichols, Mr. Hahn grew the choral program over 85%, created and directed the Nichols Choral Festival, led his students in a performance at the BPO, and increased the fundamental musical literacy of his students by completely redesigning the Freshman Survey of Music course and championing innovative courses such as Vocal Technique, Electronic Music Composition/Songwriting, and Musical Archetypes in Contemporary Art, Film, Music, and Culture. Mr. Hahn also curated guest artist residencies where several notable choral leaders were invited to campus to do workshops with his students.
As a lyric baritone, Mr. Hahn has enjoyed professional memberships in several choral organizations, most notably as Bass Section Leader in the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, the Chicago Choral Artists, VOICES, First Inversion, and the Eastman-Rochester Chorus. He has also performed with Buffalo Opera Unlimited, most recently in 2018 as Lieutenant Gordon in their historic performance of Silent Night. Past solos include Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem and Dominick Argento’s Four Seascapes with the Eastman-Rochester Chorus, Stravinsky’s Mass with the Eastman Repertory Singers, and the Faure Requiem and Handel’s Messiah with the Moody Oratorio Chorus.
At the Eastman School of Music, Mr. Hahn conducted both choral and orchestral ensembles including the Eastman Chorale, Eastman Repertory Singers, Eastman/UR Women’s Chorus, Graduate Conducting Orchestra, and two concerts in the Bach Cantata Concert Series. He also held appointments as Ensemble Manager of the Eastman-Rochester Chorus and President of the ACDA Eastman Chapter. In the spring of 2018, Mr. Hahn received the third place Ernst Bacon Award in the college/university division of The American Prize for his live recording of John Corigliano's Fern Hill with the Eastman Repertory Singers.
From 2009 to 2014, David Hahn resided in Chicago, IL where he formed and directed a professional ensemble, Con Brio Chamber Singers, that premiered new works and performed live, radio-recorded concerts. He also conducted ensembles at The Moody Church and conducted the Moody Oratorio Chorus and the Moody Chorale at MBI, with which he traveled extensively throughout four continents.
Mr. Hahn holds the Bachelor of Music degree in Voice and Sacred Music from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and the Master of Music degree in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music where he was a recipient of the Edith H Babcock and Herman Genhart Choral Conducting scholarships. Mr. Hahn has furthered his conducting training at the CCM Opera Bootcamp, Wintergreen Conductor’s Summit, and Chorus America Conducting Academy. His mentors include Eugene Rogers, William Weinert, Mark Gibson, Brad Lubman, Tim Stafford, and Jim Mitchell. He has also studied voice with Robert Swensen at ESM, Terry Strandt at MBI, and Kyle Ferrill at Interlochen.
Joshua Marzan is a freelance pianist in the Southeast Michigan area. He currently works for the University of Michigan as a staff pianist, playing with instrumentalists and coaching singers. He plays for various auditions, competitions, and concerts, including recitals with DSO members. Before coming to Michigan, Joshua received a BM in Piano Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University and a MM and GD in Collaborative Piano from the New England Conservatory. He recently graduated with a DMA in Collaborative Piano from the University of Michigan under Martin Katz.