Music Team

 Canon for Cathedral Music
Bryan is a 1977 graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where he studied Organ Performance with Haskell Thomson and Harpsichord with William Porter and Lisa Goode Crawford. Bryan has also studied the tuba, cello, violin and flute. Bryan is a member of Association of Anglican Musicians and the Royal School of Church Music where he has served as a Regional Examiner for St. Nicholas Choir Awards. Earlier in his career, Bryan served as Organist and Choirmaster at several large churches including Euclid Avenue Congregational Church, Cleveland, Ohio where he oversaw the design and installation of a 54-rank Wilhelm tracker-action pipe organ and began a recital series. At St. James Episcopal Church in Painesville, Ohio he conducted the Choir of Men and Boys. In Cleveland Heights, Ohio, at Fairmount Presbyterian Church, he was responsible for the installation of a 100-rank Schantz pipe organ comparable to our 107-rank Aeolian-Skinner organ. Most recently, he spent ten years at Eastern Shore Chapel (Episcopal), Virginia Beach, VA where he led the 50-voice Intergenerational Parish Choir on two international tours to  Austria and Cambridge, England. During his tenure at Eastern Shore Chapel he also began a very successful monthly choral Evensong tradition. He is a skilled choral conductor who is best known for development of choral programs that have provided meaningful participation for children and youth. At St. Mark’s, his ministry focuses on a vital choir program for our children and youth.
 

 

 Marcie Ellen Ratcliff

Assistant Director, Boys and Girls Choir

Marcie Ellen Ratcliff is a graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana with a Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance and a concentration in Music Education, graduating with academic honors, Cum Laude as well as Departmental Honors from The Hurley School of Music. A world traveler, Miss Ratcliff has spent multiple summers along the Amalfi Coast of Italy, performing operas with the Romanian-American Orchestra as apart of the Amalfi Coast Music Festival and Institute. Here she was cast in supporting principal roles as "Zweite Dame" in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and "Sorella Dolcina" in Puccini's Suor Angelica, performing in various beautiful venues overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and amidst Roman ruins. Ratcliff has also been seen staged in many productions with Shreveport Opera, including Puccini's Turandot and Madame Butterfly, and Donizetti's, L'elisir d'amore, and starred as principal roles Countess, in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, and Dinah in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti via Opera Centenary. Ratcliff has also been seen performing in various collegiate ensembles at Yale University, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Michigan, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana.

More recently Ratcliff has been seen in the soloist spotlight featured as Soprano soloist in Dubois', Seven Last Words of Christ, a part of Asbury Arts: Concert Series, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Bossier City, LA. Reviews raved, "Dubois' Seven Last Words of Christ... This profoundly moving Lenten meditation's soloists, gave an absolute first class performance, while collaborating beautifully with members of the Shreveport Symphony."

Throughout the school year, Ratcliff resides as Music Teacher for St. Mark's Cathedral School; Ratcliff also serves year-round as Assistant Director to the Boys and Girls Choir of St. Mark's Cathedral, whom serves as the seat of the Diocese of Western Louisiana. Ratcliff is excited to assist the formation of the St. Mark's Arts Academy, a program promoting Christian based instruction for students that promotes excellence in The Arts. Her vocals and direction assist in leading others to an intimate place of worship through the gift of music.

 

Dr. Joseph Henry

Assistant Organist

Dr. Joseph Henry joined us as Assistant Organist effective September 7, 2015. Dr. Henry is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Grambling State University in Grambling, LA. He holds degrees from The University of Minnesota, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and The Manhattan School of Music. Dr. Henry is an accomplished organist and accompanist with significant experience in music both in the classroom setting and in the Church. He will assist Bryan Mitnaul in playing the organ for the 10:30 service and Choral Evensong. Dr. Henry is also a Chaplain Assistant in the United States Army and spent two years as a volunteer in the Peace Corps.