Mark Husey ['hue-zee] has been widely acclaimed as "a
musical Renaissance man" for his gifts as a
conductor, organist, accompanist, and tenor. A native
of Harford County, Maryland, he now resides in Columbia, South Carolina.
1991, he received the Bachelor of Music from Westminster Choir College (Princeton, New Jersey), where he studied organ with Eugene Roan and voice with
Lorna MacDonald. The recipient of numerous academic
and performance awards there, he was greatly influenced
by the work of Frauke
Hassemann, Glenn Parker, and Joseph Flummerfelt.
A chorister and soloist in The Westminster Choir,
he served as its accompanist in Spoleto Festivals
in the United States and Italy in 1993.
a scholarship student at the Yale School of Music
(New Haven, Connecticut), Mr. Husey studied organ
with Charles Krigbaum and harpsichord with Richard Rephann,
performing in master-classes for Marie-Claire Alain
and Daniel Roth. Mr. Husey is presently a
candidate for the Master of Arts in Pastoral Liturgy
and Music from Saint Joseph's
College (Rensselaer, Indiana), where his professors have
included Sr. Marilyn Schauble,
OSB (voice), Fr. Richard Fragomeni
(liturgy and theology) and Fr. Lawrence Heiman,
C.PP.S. (Gregorian chant and paleography).
As a tenor, Mr. Husey was featured as Quintus soloist
in a 1991 Spoleto Festival production of Vecchi's
madrigal comedy "L'Amfiparnaso" in Spoleto, Italy, and in 1993 was featured
as tenor soloist in that festival's premier of Janáček's
"Sedmdesat tisíc" for men's chorus. He received critical acclaim from
The Washington Post for a 1996 performance
of "Stabat Mater" settings
of Pärt and Scarlatti
with Musikanten, under the direction of Kerry Krebill. A tenor in the Grammy-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Chorus, he was featured in a solo octet in performances
of Mendelssohn's "Elijah," conducted by John Nelson
in 2002, as well as in a solo ensemble with that
group's Chamber Chorus for performances of Bach's
motet "Singet dem Hernn," conducted by chorusmaster
As accompanist and pianist, Mr. Husey received critical acclaim
in The Washington Post for performances of
Argento's "Peter Quince
at the Clavier" with the Alexandria Choral Society
in 1994, under the direction of Kerry Krebill.
He performed as accompanist to Cantors Faith Steinsnyder
and David Perper in Cantors Assembly conventions at Kutscher's Resort and Carnegie Hall. Mr. Husey was the
pianist and co-producer for the Atlanta premier
of Lee Hoiby's setting
of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I have a dream," performed
in February 2003 with soprano Sabrina Coleman Clark.
He has played continuo with New Trinity Baroque
(Atlanta, Georgia), the Columbia Pro Cantare
and the National Chamber Orchestra (Rockville,
Husey has performed solo organ recitals at Washington
National Cathedral and Princeton University Chapel,
as well as at venues in Canada, England,
Wales, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Estonia,
and the Czech Republic. He
received first prize in the 1991 Music Teachers'
National Association Organ Competition in Miami, Florida, as well as in the 1994 Baltimore-Washington American Guild
of Organists Young Artist Competition. He holds
the distinction of being one of the few organists
reviewed in Opera News, for a 1995 performance
of his original organ transcription of Tchaikovsky's
"Iolanta," with an international
cast of the Opera Camerata of Washington under the
baton of Micaele Sparacino
at Lisner Auditorium,
to the standing ovation of a capacity audience.
He has made broadcast appearances on BBC2 Radio,
National Public Radio, CBS This Morning,
and in the PBS documentary The Jew in the Lotus.
Husey has conducted several regional premiers of
masterpieces of historic sacred choral literature,
while promoting its liturgical and catechetical
value. He is currently on the faculty of the Philip
and Patricia Frost School of Music at the University
of Miami, and sings tenor
in the professional chorus of Florida Grand Opera.
He plays continuo for the Tropical Baroque Festival
Orchestra and the Miami Bach Society, with former
members of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra.
Future performances include his original organ transcription
as accompaniment to Donizetti's "La Favorita," performed by Opera Bel
Canto of Washington, DC.