School of Music

Mario Martinez

Biography

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. 

Martínez was nominated as Best Classical Singer for the Soberano Awards, and named an Honorary Member of the National Company of Classical Singers in his native country the Dominican Republic. Martínez has been inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Delta Pí, and Pi Kappa Lambda. He was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award and received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award at Nazareth College, where he also 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 currently serves as Governor for the Eastern Region 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. 

Martínez’s students are frequently cast in leading roles in opera and musical theatre productions at the professional and collegiate levels, have received awards and recognition through national, regional and local competitions, have been accepted into prominent graduate and undergraduate programs in vocal performance, musical theatre and other music degrees, and have been accepted into international and regional professional training programs.


Martínez has worked as guest adjudicator, 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

Education

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