Faculty Biography

Cailin Marcel Manson

Cailin Marcel Manson

Associate Professor of Practice and Director of Music Performance
Department of Visual and Performing Art
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: (508) 421-3482
Email: CManson@clarku.edu


At Clark, Professor Manson directs and manages the Music Performance concentration for all music majors and minors, specifically guiding the private lesson instruction program, performance workshops, departmental juries and capstone performance projects and recitals.

Professor Manson leads the Clark University Concert Choir and Chamber Chorus, and oversees all other music performance ensembles in the Music Program. He also teaches or manages the performance-related curriculum, including courses in repertoire, conducting, diction, and performance preparation.

Professor Manson joined the music faculty at Clark in 2019.

“[Manson] delivered… and continued to shine vocally and dramatically for the entire performance.” – MassLive.com

“Cailin’s emotive movements did not “conduct” so much a conjure a vortex seeming to suspend the reality of space and time.” – Trail Mix Arts Blog

“On the podium, Cailin Marcel Manson is electric.”- Keene Sentinel

Baritone and conductor Cailin Marcel Manson, a Philadelphia native, has enjoyed an international career as an operatic/concert soloist, conductor, and master teacher with many organizations, including the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, SWR Sinfonieorchester, Taipei Philharmonic, Bayerische Staatsoper - Münchner Opernfestspiele, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Teatro La Fenice, Teatro San Carlo, Konservatorium Oslo, and the Conservatoire de Luxembourg.

Mr. Manson has also been a guest cantor and soloist at some of the world’s most famous churches and cathedrals, including Notre Dame, Sacré-Coeur, and La Madeleine in Paris, San Marco in Venice, Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, San Salvatore in Montalcino, Santa Maria Maggiore and San Giovanni in Laterano in Rome, Thomaskirche and Nikolaikirche in Leipzig, and Wieskirche in Steingaden.

Mr. Manson has built a sterling reputation over an extensive 20-year career, encompassing both baritone and tenor repertoire, for his exceptional musicianship, keen dramatic instincts, and vocal flexibility. Critics have praised his performances as "arresting" and "revelatory," making consistent note of his "ringing projection," "commanding tone," (MassLive.com), “lively, original acting skills” (Hudson-Housatonic Arts), and his "ability to bring the internal drama of the music to life" (Scranton Times-Tribune).

Mr. Manson has held positions as Music Director of the Vorarlberger Musikfest, Music Director and Conductor Laureate of the Chamber Symphony of Atlantic City, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra, Chair of Vocal Studies at the Hazleton Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and as Director of Music at The Putney School. He has also served as a member of the faculty of the Vermont Governor's Institute on the Arts and the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary.

Mr. Manson is a frequent guest conductor, clinician, presenter, panelist, and adjudicator for conventions, conferences, competitions, and music festivals.

Mr. Manson is currently Artistic Director and Conductor of the Germantown Concert Chorus in Philadelphia, PA, Music Director of the Bennington County Choral Society in Vermont, Music Director of BARN OPERA in Vermont, Music Director of The Keene Chorale in New Hampshire.

A recognized advocate for community-based classical music organizations, Mr. Manson serves on the Board of Directors for Choral Arts New England and the Wagner in Vermont Festival, and is a member of the International Conductors’ Guild, League of American Orchestras, Opera America, American Choral Directors Association, and the National Association of Negro Musicians.

Mr. Manson studied voice performance at Temple University, and opera performance and orchestral conducting at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.