Our Artistic Director
Marc Alan Brunelle
Marc Alan Brunelle is currently serving as Director of Liturgy & Music at St. Marcelline Catholic Church in Schaumburg. Marc is also responsible for planning, coordinating and evaluating all liturgical and para-liturgical (non-Eucharistic) worship at St. Marcelline. Additionally, he is also responsible for training, scheduling and formation for more than 300 liturgical ministers currently serving the parish in a variety of capacities. He serves as conductor of the forty-voice Sanctuary Choir and the sixteen member Schola Cantorum.
In 2003, Marc produced and conducted a widely acclaimed CD featuring the Sanctuary Choir and Jubilation Ringers, as well as began an annual Spring and Christmas Concert series, which feature the musical forces at St. Marcelline. In 2004, the Sanctuary Choir was heard in concert at the National Association of Pastoral Musicians conference held in Chicago, and at the Catholic Festival of Faith held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in 2006. Recently, the choir was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall for a celebration of the music of Mark Hayes.
At a special invitation by the Vatican, the Sanctuary Choir traveled to Italy to be the principle choir at a Solemn High Mass at the Basilica of St. Peter in Vatican City, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, and performed a highly acclaimed, sold out concert at the Church of the Gesu in the city of Rome in December of 2006. In the summer of 2008, the Choir had a very successful tour of Prague, Austria and Germany, with sold out concerts at St. Nicholas in Prague and St. Peter's in Vienna and sang a Solemn High Mass at Salzburg Cathedral. In the summer of 2011, Dr. Brunelle led a concert tour of Barcelona, Madrid and Montserrat, Spain, presenting a series of concerts of spirituals from the Deep South. In 2019, the choir was invited to record an episode for Sing4Him on the Shalom World TV network, featuring choirs from around the world.
In the summer of 2016, Marc co-founded Eclectic Choral Artists, a semi-professional choral ensemble, dedicated to bringing high quality choral music to the Chicago suburbs.
Prior to coming to Chicago, Marc was Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Chapel Music at Wadhams Hall Seminary-College, and Director of Music & Liturgy at the Cathedral of Saint Mary in upstate NY, as well as music consultant for the Diocese of Ogdensburg, NY.
Dr. Brunelle holds the Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from Rhode Island College, School of Music, and the Master of Music in Choral Conducting from King's College, Cambridge, England, while studying with renowned English conductor, Sir David Willcocks, and holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the Graduate Theological Seminary, and is in demand as a clinician in choral and vocal technique throughout the US.
Emily D' Ambrose