Native (Choctaw tribe) baritone Mark Billy is from Finley, Oklahoma. Mark’s undergraduate studies in voice at the University of Oklahoma were under the mentorship of the baritone Richard Anderson. Mark also studied with the legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne. Mark's graduate studies were at Indiana University's Jacob School of Music and were with soprano Carol Vaness.
This spring Mark was a young artist with Hawaii opera theatre and sang the role of Figaro in their touring production of the Barber of Seville. Following the tour the baritone made his debut in the role of Marchese in La Traviata on HOT’s main stage. Mark also covered Quinn Kelsey in the role of Germont. Mark has been a young artist with Fargo Moorhead Opera. This summer Mark was featured on the mainstage at the Northern Lights Music Festival in the Iron Range of Minnesota as Marchese in La Traviata.
In October Mark will join the St. John’s Boys Choir to sing the role of Mega the Baker in Stephen Paulus’ opera The Star Gatherer. In November he will be the bass soloist in the Mozart Requiem with the St. Kate’s Choral society. In February Mark has been engaged to perform a recital at Oak Knoll Lutheran Church in Edina and at Peace Lutheran in Lauderdale.
Mark was the first place winner of the Schubert Club competition in 2018. He is a member of the Minnesota Opera Chorus. The baritone is also a featured soloist and member of the Minnesota chorale. Mark is the baritone/bass soloist at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis and is a staff cantor at St. Stephen’s in Anoka.