Mark Potvin is conductor of Norsemen and Cathedral Choirs at Luther College, where he also teaches conducting and secondary choral methods. Mr. Potvin holds a Master of Music degree from St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud, MN) and a Bachelor of Arts from Luther College. He is in the final stages of coursework toward a DMA in Music Education through Boston University. His conducting mentors include Weston Noble, Timothy Peter, Lee Nelson, and Matthew Ferrell.
From 2001-17, Mr. Potvin was director of choirs at Princeton High School (Princeton, MN). He served as the K-12 and high school department chair, taught three curricular choirs, four extracurricular jazz/pop choirs, two chamber ensembles, and music theory, and directed the district’s annual musical theatre productions, Madrigal Dinner, and summer drama camp. Under Potvin’s direction, the Princeton High School Concert Choir was invited to perform for three conferences of the Minnesota Music Educators Association, two conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) of Minnesota, and for the 2014 conference of North-Central ACDA. Concert Choir twice performed at Luther College’s Dorian Choral Invitational and made similar appearances at both the Wartburg College Meistersinger Festival (Waverly, IA) and Concordia College Choral Festival (Moorhead, MN).
Aside from his duties at PHS, Mr. Potvin served as Artistic Director for the East Central Minnesota Chorale (ECMC) from 2007-14. ECMC is a civic choir representing more than ten East Central Minnesota communities in Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine counties. He is the founding director of Unum Vox, ECMC’s regional high school honor choir, and led that ensemble through its first three seasons. From 2008-11, Mark fulfilled various teaching duties at St. Cloud State University (SCSU). At different times, his positions included assistant conductor of the SCSU Concert Choir and as conductor of both the SCSU Chamber Singers and Men’s Chorus.
An active member of ACDA, Potvin was named “Outstanding Young Choral Director” by the ACDA of Minnesota in 2008, edited ACDA-MN's statewide journal, Star of the North, from 2008-11, and served as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Men’s Choirs from 2011-13. He is happily married to Susan Potvin, an instrumental music teacher and curriculum specialist. They are the proud parents of two boys: Noah and Simon.