School of Music

Mario Martinez


During his professional singing career Martínez has performed leading baritone roles in numerous opera, oratorio and musical productions, including appearances with the Finger Lakes Opera, Sociedad Proarte Latinoamericana, Rochester Lyric Opera, Mercury Opera of Rochester, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Opera de las Américas, Compañia Lírica Dominicana, Eastman Opera Theater, the Buffalo Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Symphoria, Charleston Symphony, Rochester Oratorio Society, Western New York Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras of Santo Domingo, Orchard Park Chorale and Symphony, New Eastman Symphony and the Eastman Philharmonia, among others. He has also performed at concert venues in Jinan, China, the United Kingdom, the Dominican Republic, and at the Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. Engagements include appearances under renowned conductors such as Murray Sidlin, Robert Shaw, Grant Cooper, Mark Gibson, David Effron, Carlos Piantini, Rafael Villanueva, Andre Thomas, Weston Noble, William Weinert and Gerald Floriano, among others.

In 2015 his performances of the role Silvio in the opera I Pagliacci, were successfully received and warranted him a nomination as Best Classical Singer for the Soberano Awards, in the Dominican Republic.  In the summer of 2016, Martínez was named Honorary Member of the National Company of Classical Singers, for his “brilliant career as classical singer and permanent exaltation of Dominican values”. Martínez is also an Honorary Member of the National Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pí, and the National Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda. In April of 2018, Martínez was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Teaching Excellence Awards at Nazareth College, the highest academic recognition given to professors across the college.  Martinez was also the recipient of the 2017-2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award, and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Association of Faculty and Staff of Color.

Martínez has had a prominent career as arts administrator at the local, regional, national and international levels. He was recently appointed as Associate Dean for Visual & Performing Arts, in the College of Arts & Sciences, at Nazareth College, where he has also served as Chairperson and Director of the School of Music, Program Director for the graduate and undergraduate Music Performance Programs, and as Coordinator of Vocal Studies. Martínez is currently serving as Governor for the New York District of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and previously served as the President for the NATS Central New York-Finger Lakes Chapter. In 2015, Martínez was appointed, for the second time, as Arts Consultant for the Ministry of Culture in the Dominican Republic, where he worked extensively in restructuring and developing vocal arts programs.   

Martínez has worked as guest adjudicator, guest clinician, master teacher, vocal coach, vocal pedagogue, stage director and musical director at the local, regional, national and international levels. Martínez holds doctorate and master degrees in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts in music and sociology from Luther College.

School of Music Responsibilities

  • Program Director of MM in Performance and Pedagogy
  • Applied Voice (classical and non-classical styles)
  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Song Literature
  • Performance Techniques
  • Voice Class


  • Eastman School of Music, DMA, MM
  • Luther College, BM