About the Chorus

Colla Voce Seattle is a mixed-voice ensemble with singers drawn from all around the Seattle area. Dedicated to presenting concerts exploring a wide range of choral literature, Colla Voce offers singers the opportunity to learn and perform a variety of serious repertoire including 19th-century spirituals, psalms, and plainchant, as well as works by 20th and 21st century composers. Much of this repertoire is a cappella, drawing from the traditional choral library as well as serious literature from lesser-known choral composers.

Conducted by Mark Adrian, the ensemble numbers between 20-25 singers from all walks of life. Concerts are typically performed at St. Catherine of Siena in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of north Seattle, and at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle.

MARK ADRIAN, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR and CONDUCTOR

Mark Adrian, Artistic Director and Conductor, earned his BA in Music from the University of Washington, studying with renowned conductors Abraham Kaplan, Geoffrey Boers and Peter Erös. He has since gone on the complete graduate coursework for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, specializing in choral conducting.

Involved in the greater Seattle choral community since 1981, Mr. Adrian founded Northwest Associated Arts, a family of children and adult choruses in the Burien area, and Cantaré Vocal Ensemble. For 21 years he conducted Choral Sounds Northwest, the first of NWAA’s performing groups.

Equally at home in everything from Broadway musicals to the most contemporary choral compositions, Mark continues to serve as Artistic Director and Conductor of Cantaré Vocal Ensemble, as well as Colla Voce seattle. He has led music programs at churches throughout Seattle and is currently Director of Music at St. Catherine of Siena in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of north Seattle.

Since 2003, Mr. Adrian has led many area ensembles at Benaroya Hall, conducting such masterworks as Carmina Curana, Verdi’s and Mozart’s Requiems, Poulenc’s Gloria, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with Seattle Bach Choir, Master Chorus Eastside, Choral Arts, Bainbridge Chorale, Northwest Girl Choirs, Cascadian Chorale, Vashon Island Chorale, Everett Chorale, Rainier Chorale, Bellevue Chamber Chorus, Kirkland Choral Society, Sacred Music Chorale, Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, Rainier Symphony, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, and Cascade Symphony Orchestra.

Many churches, schools and area conductors seek Mr. Adrian’s expertise as a choral clinician and coach, and he frequently adjudicates at music competitions and festivals. He is a published composer and arranger and an active member in the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, The Conductors Guild, National Association of Pastoral Musicians, and the American Guild of Organists.