Mark Bailey, Chorale Artistic Director

Mark Bailey

Mr. Bailey’s work with the YRC is documented on Chants and Carols, an internationally-released recording which received critical acclaim and was placed on the New York Time’s “Critic’s Choice” list in 1996. It is recommmended as a “must have” by National Public Radio’s Performance Today and Billboard Magazine, among others. Mr. Bailey conducted at Carnegie Hall for the first time in 1997 and then again with the YRC in June 1999, in a gala concert commemorating Russian poet Alxander Pushkin.

Mr. Bailey has also been noted by the New York Times as one of the country’s two leading experts in the field of sacred Slavic music, a topic on which he frequently publishes and lectures throughout the country, including Lincoln Center, Yale University, and Westminster Choir College. Mr. Bailey currently serves on the faculty of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary, Crestwood, New York, where he conducts weekly and teaches composition, choral leadership techniques, and voice.

Additionally, Mr. Bailey is a prolific composer of instrumental and choral/vocal music. His works, many of which are commissioned and published, have been premiered at Lincoln Center, Yale University, Boston’s renowned Emmanuel Church, throughout North America, and at St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. He is co-director of the Benchmark Performance Series on Cape Cod and created the annual Slavic Choral Festival at Yale. Mr. Bailey’s music performance degrees were earned at the Eastman School of Music and the Yale School of Music/Yale Institute of Sacred Music.