Mark Bartlett is an active performer, accompanist and chamber musician in the Boston area. A native of central Illinois, he received his degree in piano performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with Laurence Davis. More recently he was a student of Konstantinos Papadakis at New England Conservatory.
An avid choral singer, he was a member of the bass section of Masterworks Chorale under Allen Lannom for 20 years, during that time serving two terms on their board of directors and filling in for accompanying duties as needed. He played his first Summer Sing, the Mozart C Minor Mass, with them in Lexington in 1992 and has returned almost every year since. In 2009 he became a singing member of Assabet Valley Master Singers directed by Dr. Robert Eaton, which continued for 8 years. He has performed as accompanist with them for several of their regular concerts, including Carmina Burana, and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, plus two summer sings.
In 2011, Mark sang with New World Chorale directed by Holly Krafka for the first time, and in 2014 became their regular accompanist. In 2017 he was appointed accompanist for the Master Singers of Worcester under Edward Tyler, and in 2018 began as accompanist for the Northborough Area Community Chorus, conducted by Elinor Armsby. His association with all three groups continues today.
As a pianist in recent seasons Mark performed with the Metrowest Wind Quintet in sextets by Poulenc and Thuille, and twice in the Claflin Hill chamber series in Grafton, featuring the Copland sextet and pieces by Max Bruch. He has performed with Seele Musicale in the Beethoven Society concerts, and also given concerts of solo piano repertoire along with trios by Schubert and Mendelssohn. In June 2019 he made his choral conducting debut with New World Chorale, which included an arrangement for chorus, organ and percussion of the last 15 minutes of Mahler’s Symphony No 2.
In real life Mark is a financial systems analyst and project manager in Foreign Exchange for State Street Corporation in Boston. When not involved in music he is an avid reader, science fiction enthusiast, and recreational runner.