Mark Thress, MM, MA, is an accomplished operatic and studio vocalist with a demonstrated higher education teaching history, and his strong background in vocal research has helped carve a unique path of innovation and vocal science, in the Singing Health Specialization.
As an opera singer, Mark has made an impact on the stage. Comfortable with both the Operatic and Operetta Repertoire, Mark has performed several roles, including: Rodolfo, "La boheme", Prunier, "La rondine", Tamino, "Die Zauberflöte", Nemorino, "L’elisir d’amore", il Messaggero, "Aida", as well as Ralph, "H.M.S. Pinafore", Frederic, "The Pirates of Penzance", and Nanki Poo, "The Mikado".
Mark was awarded First Place in the inaugural NATS National Competition held in Boston, MA. He was also the recipient of an Honorable Full Scholarship to the Cornish-American Song Institute, where he performed Art Song recitals and toured in Oxford, London, and Falmouth, England. More recently, Mark’s solo work can be heard as the featured soloist on the album, Whispering of Fields Unsown, by Andrew Boysen, Jr., and as the Tenor Soloist in, If My People Pray, arranged by Phillip Keveren.
Mark’s background in vocal health and voice science has led to extensive vocal research. Under the tutelage of Dr. Scott McCoy, Mark was a lab and research assistant in the Helen Swank Research and Teaching Lab. He continued his passion for vocal health as an assistant in the Head and Neck department of the Eye and Ear Institute. Additionally, Mark was chosen to help lead therapy sessions and customized vocal exercises for patients in the Speech Pathology Clinic. This year, his work in vocal research will include a trip to Hangzhou, China, where he will development and implement an elite vocal research lab, for the purpose of diagnosing vocal pathology in classical singers. Mark currently teaches at Belmont and Lipscomb University, and is the owner and founder of Vocal 360 Global—an artist coaching and mentorship program. Mark’s clients have collaborated with Grammy Award-winning producers, opened for acts such as Lady Antebellum and Amy Grant, received sync deals for Amazon Prime Originals, and performed nationally and internationally on National Tours, Broadway, Television, and Cruise Ships.