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
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.