Dr. Mark A. Boyle, conductor, tenor, composer, and poet, is originally from Wethersfield, CT. He serves as the Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Seton Hill University, a leading Catholic institution of higher education and is the Editor of Kindermusik International’s Minds on Music Blog. He studied voice, tuba, and trombone at Susquehanna University, where he developed a passion for the choral art while singing under the direction of Prof. Cyril Stretansky. In 1995, Boyle entered the United States Navy, during which time he conducted the Recruit Choir at Recruit Training Command, NTC, and served as conductor and Leading Petty Officer for the Blue Jackets’ Memorial Choir.
During his service at the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific, Boyle sang with the choirs at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu, where his lifelong obsession with J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion began. He won the 1999 Hawai’i Public Radio/Lotte Lehmann Foundation Art Song Contest. The winners’ recital was broadcast on HPR.
Upon separation from the United States Navy, Boyle returned to college at Ball State University, to continue vocal studies with his teacher from Susquehanna, Dr. Jeffrey Ballard, who was then on faculty at BSU. While at Ball State, he studied conducting with Dr. Douglas Amman, Dr. Jeffrey Carter, Dr. Robert Kvam, and Dr. Jeffrey Pappas. He served at associate conductor of the Ball State University Chamber Choir and the associate artistic director of the Masterworks Chorale, a regional community chorus, for which he composed several choral works.
Boyle completed doctoral work at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, the arts conservatory at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He served on faculty, conducting the historic Rutgers University Choir, and assisted his teacher, Dr. Patrick Gardner, with the Rutgers University Glee Club, the Kirkpatrick Choir, and Gardner’s New York chorus, The Riverside Choral Society. Upon graduation he began his full time collegiate career at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, founding the Marauder Men’s Glee Club, leading successful recruitment tours, and organizing a joint performance with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem.
As a conductor, Boyle has lead choirs at All State, Regional, District, and County levels. He has guest conducted at the renowned Ocean Grove Choral Festival, leading a choir of 800 and has served as a consultant for rehearsal retreats and presented topics at state and regional conferences. Students, parents, and educators alike comment on the positive experience of being part of a festival with Dr. Boyle.
Boyle’s work as a tenor has ranged from the recital hall to the opera stage. He enjoys a career as an oratorio soloist and professional chorister, singing with groups such at The Princeton Singers, Fuma Sacra, the Lycoming Baroque Choir and Orchestra, the Kinnara Ensemble, and the Pittsburgh Camerata.
Boyle serves the American Choral Directors Association at the state and divisional level. He organizes the ACDA PA Undergraduate Conducting Competition and is currently the Men’s Choir R & S Chair, Webmaster, and Tech Liaison for the Eastern Division. He assisted in the planning of the 2016 Eastern Division Convention, held in Boston, Massachusetts, and will do the same for the 2018 Conference, to be held in Pittsburgh. He s currently the Conference App Committee Chair for the 2017 National ACDA Conference.
For the almost a quarter of a century, Boyle has enjoyed the friendship and support of his wife, music educator and pianist, Jane Boyle. Both currently work at Shadyside Presbyterian Church as professional choristers. They reside in Harrison City with their sons, Nathan (14) – a trombonist, and Patrick (10) – a story teller.