This concert is NOT open to the public.
Mark Countryman has been singing since he was a high school freshman at Crosier Seminary, in Onamia, Minnesota, 1976. At St John’s University, Mark sang in the CSB/SJU Chamber Choir under Axel Theimer, and at the University of St Thomas he sang in the CSC/CST Chorale under the late Dr. Maurice Jones. Dr. Jones instilled in Mark a special love of the choral art. He has sung with several church and community choirs, and is currently on the active roster with the Minnesota Chorale. He also serves as a volunteer cantor for Annunciation and Our Lady of Peace Catholic Churches in South Minneapolis. He has an Associate of Fine Arts Degree in vocal performance from Normandale College, and is completing an On-Line Master’s Certificate in Theory, Harmony and Ear Training from Berklee College of Music. Mark is a husband and father of two grown children.
Flutist Claudia Schnitker studied flute and piano at the Oberlin Conservatory. She is currently principal flute in the Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra , plays in a wind quintet (The Nokomis Quintet) , the Triple Play Trio (flute/cello/piano) and the Bach By Two flute/piano duo. A member of Thursday Musical, Mu Phi Epsilon music fraternity, and Upper Midwest Flute Association, she founded and directed the Edina Community Education flute choir program. In addition to local freelancing, she maintains a private teaching studio. She has also lectured on flute acoustics at George Washington University.