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Edward Tyler, Artistic Director
Ed Tyler

Edward Tyler, a native of Auburn, New York, received his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Connecticut, where he served as Graduate Assistant to Dr. Peter Bagley. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Crane School of Music, where he studied conducting with Brock McElheran & Calvin Gage, and composition with Elliot DelBorgo.

Mr. Tyler is currently the Director of Choral Music and Drama at Manchester High School, a position he has held for the past 32 years. At MHS, he directs four choral ensembles and a handbell choir, teaches courses in music theory, piano, digital music, and theatrical design, and directed the school’s dramatic and music theatre offerings for 26 years. Mr. Tyler has also taught music theory and ear training at The University of Connecticut and conducted the University Chorale at Central Connecticut State University. He has been a professional vocalist for his entire adult life, as both a freelance soloist and as a member of The Woodland Scholars, CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists), and several church choirs in the greater Hartford area.

Mr. Tyler is a composer of choral music with over 70 titles to his name, and he has enjoyed performances of his works by groups across the United States and Canada. During a brief hiatus from writing music, he turned his attention to educational materials and completed two textbooks: “Music Literacy for the High School Vocalist, Volumes 1-4,” and “A Comprehensive Study of Music Theory.” His music literacy books are currently being used by more than two dozen school districts in Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania. Mr. Tyler is a popular clinician, lecturer, and adjudicator, and has presented programs throughout New England and New York.

Away from the music world, he finds respite in dogs, travel, golf, and cooking. As a self-taught cook, one of his “Bucket List” dreams is preparing a recipe on the Food Network.

Mark Bartlett, Accompanist

Mark Bartlett is an active performer, accompanist and chamber musician in the Boston area. Now in his fifth season as accompanist for Master Singers of Worcester, he is also accompanist for the New World Chorale and the Northborough Area Community Chorus. As a pianist Mark has recently performed with the Metrowest Wind Quintet in concerts in Shrewsbury and Providence, and in the Claflin Hill chamber series in Grafton.

Mark received his degree in piano performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with Laurence Davis. More recently he studied at New England Conservatory with Konstantinos Papadakis. By day Mark is a financial systems analyst and project manager in Foreign Exchange for State Street Corporation in Boston.