Lyric Tenor, Mark A.B. Lawrence leads an active performing career in opera, oratorio, musical theatre, and recital literature. His operatic performances include Pagliacci (Peppe) and Il Sogno (Teseo) - both with Opera Ithaca, Cosi Fan Tutte (Ferrando), Die Fledermaus (Alfred and Blind), Warren Martin's The True Story of Cinderella (The Prince), Pauline Viardot's Cendrillon (Le Prince Charmant) and Last Sorcerer (Prince Lelio), and the title role in Randall Davidson's The Fourth Wise Man. As an oratorio soloist, he has sung Bach's St. John Passion, Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem Mass and Mendelssohn's Elijah. Mark portrayed John Adams in the New Mercury Theatre’s performance of 1776, Tom in Kitchen Theatre's Mozart Mystery, and Willard Fiske in Jennie's Will at Cornell University. Mark received his M.M. from Ithaca College and has studied with Cornelius Reid, Gary Norden, Richard Crittenden, Roland Bentley, and Neva Pilgrim. He lives in Ithaca with his wife, conductor/educator, Jennifer Lawrence Birnbaum, and son Zeke.
Pianist, Russell Posegate: In addition to performing as a solo and ensemble pianist in the Ithaca area for over 20 years, Posegate teaches music theory, sightsinging, music history, guitar, historical keyboard practice, and piano at Ithaca College and Wells. A graduate of Ithaca College, where he was a winner in the annual concerto competition, he holds a B.M. in Music Education and a M.M. in Piano Performance. His most recent solo recitals have contained works from composers such as Bach, Mozart, Brahms, and Dave Grusin. Russell lives in Ithaca with his wife, Sarah, and their three children, Evan, Alec, and Isla.