dr. aaron albin - executive director
Aaron currently serves as the Director of Educational Communication at Conn-Selmer, Inc. He is also the Choral Department Chair and Director of Choral Activities at Merit School of Music in Chicago, IL. Aaron has over 15 years of experience as a teacher, conductor, pianist, and vocal coach, and has worked with Ravinia Music Festival, Stage West Theatre, Musical Theatre of Denton, Des Moines Symphony Academy, Ascolti String Orchestra (Co-Founder), and served as a guest clinician throughout the Midwest. Within arts administration, Aaron has worked for the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Merit School of Music, and Des Moines Metro Opera. His Doctorate of Musical Arts (Conducting), Master of Music (Conducting), and Certificate in Arts Leadership are from the University of North Texas. His Bachelor of Music in Education is from Simpson College.
mark Albin - artistic director
Mark served as Executive Director for the inaugural season of Breaking Ground Theatre and as the Artistic Director for the Performing Arts Program in Franklin Park, IL. He is an award winning director, receiving an IHSA acknowledgment for his production of The Little Prince. In 2014 Mark assistant directed alongside Michael Halberstam, Artistic Director of the nationally recognized Writers Theatre, on Definition Theatre Company's A Doll's House. Since moving to South Bend, Mark has choreographed for the South Bend Civic Theatre and Clay High School: Visual and Performing Arts Magnet. As an actor Mark has performed on Equity stages including Mercury Theater's Joseph Jefferson nominated production of A Christmas Schooner. Mark appeared in Broadway in Chicago's Pinkalicous: The Musical, and he originated the role of Tadd in Ryan Scott Oliver's The Frog Prince Continued.