When people say you're good at something,
strive to be the best.

       From an early age, Marcus Bedinger enjoyed crafting worlds that were all his own. Before he started singing, those worlds spilled out onto paper as short stories, poems, and even recipes. It wasn’t until middle school that Marcus found music, and more importantly his own musical voice. After lifting his first church solo before the Lord at age 11, Marcus saw an entire new world open up, and this one included other people just like him. When he participated in gospel music workshops all around his hometown of Dayton, OH, there were people who spoke his new language. And when he joined his high school concert and show choirs, there were people who spoke the language. And when his high school choir director, Ms. Niesley, invited him to her office to tinker around with “Sous le dôme épais” from Delibes’ Lakmé, she instilled in him a passion for the classical music language that would lead him all the way to Harlem.

       Earning top ratings in the annual OMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition, a stint in the Ohio University All-State Honor Choir, and a few years as a member of the Dayton Boys’ Choir helped to prepare Marcus for a round of college auditions that landed him at Bowling Green State University with full academic and music scholarships. BGSU afforded Marcus opportunities such as being able to revive a baroque opera in Rochester, NY with the Eastman School of Music and master classes with Margo Garrett of The Juilliard School of Music and Lawrence Brownlee of international opera fame. Marcus’ time at BGSU also led him to embark on a deeply gratifying journey with art song repertoire. As one of the first freshman ever to advance to the final round of the college’s annual art song competition, he went on to win second place. The next year, facing stiff competition in three of his dearest friends and classmates, he won third place. The third year…HE WON!

       Of course, it was never the idea of winning or even placing in the competition that motivated Marcus to go for it each year. There was so much to love, and so much more to gain, from spending hours coaching with a collaborative pianist, studying foreign language diction, researching what compelled a composer to make songs – anything from a wedding to a devastating loss of life. Every piece of music was a new world that deserved exploration.

       Exploration is a personal theme for Marcus. It is certainly the theme of his art. Exploration mandates knowledge, even when the journey begins without any real questions in mind. In what stands to be the most promising journey yet, Marcus is humbled to have God, his family, friends, and beautiful new faces on this journey with him.

"To truly enjoy a piece of music,
you have to live it
or live with it"


A journey for my art, my history, my soul.

As a singer, there are two ways I like to enjoy a piece of music: Living the music and living with the music. Living the music starts organically, where  I’ve had similar experiences or emotions to the character in the song. But there’s also an adventurous dynamic to singing, where music allows me to become characters that I don’t fit with as naturally. And those are the pieces I have to live with. In both cases, the many different elements of a song- text, music, time period- are all doors to open and explore.