Marsh… has been able to build on the heady legacy of the consort’s late founder, J. Reilly Lewis. He has honed a company that could go head-to-head with period-performance ensembles anywhere.
–The Washington Post
Dana Marsh’s musical training began as a boy chorister at St. Thomas Choir School in New York and at Salisbury Cathedral in England. He earned his undergraduate degree in organ performance from the Eastman School of Music, with later masters and doctoral degrees in historical musicology from the University of Oxford.
Acclaimed by the Los Angeles Times as “an energetic and persuasive conductor,” and by The Washington Post as “a superb choral conductor, energetic and precise,” Marsh has enjoyed fruitful collaborations with the Studio de Musique Ancienne Montreal, Cappella Romana, Magnificat (U.K.), the Choir of St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, and the London Mozart Players, among others. While living and studying in the U.K., he founded the ensemble Musica Humana Oxford (2001-2008), which toured the U.S. to critical praise (“… pleasing to the ear and satisfying to the soul.”—LA Times).
Cited by the New York Times as “a powerful and expressive countertenor,” Marsh’s Bach aria study was undertaken with Max Van Egmond in Amsterdam. He worked as a vocal soloist and consort singer in the U.S. and the U.K. (1992-2008), performing with the American Bach Soloists, Concert Royal, New York Collegium (under Gustav Leonhardt), Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, A Cappella Portuguesa, and the Brabant Ensemble. While completing his doctoral research at Oxford, Marsh sang regularly with the Choir of New College, performing in numerous collaborations with the Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the European Union Baroque Orchestra, recording 15 discs with New College Choir, one of which won the Gramophone Award for Early Music in 2008.
Marsh is Professor of Music and Director of the Historical Performance Institute at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Previously, he taught early music history at both Oxford and Cambridge universities, additionally publishing original research and review articles through the scholarly presses of both institutions. He served as Assistant Director of Music and Director of Chapel Music at Girton College Cambridge, and more recently was Canon Organist and Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis.
Marsh has also prepared ensembles of young singers for concert and recording engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen and Antonio Pappano. He has recorded in various capacities for Sony, Universal, Avie, Decca, Erato, Koch International Classics, Signum and Public Radio International.