The leadership staff and board of Cappella Romana is comprised of highly talented musicians, artists, professionals and community members. Get to know us, listen to our recordings, join us at a concert.
Alexander Lingas, Founding Artistic Director
Alexander Lingas, Cappella Romana’s founder and artistic director, is currently a Lecturer in Music at City University in London and a Fellow of the University of Oxford’s European Humanities Research Centre. He was formerly Assistant Professor of Music History at Arizona State University’s School of Music.
Dr. Lingas has received a number of academic awards, including Fulbright and Onassis grants for musical studies in Greece with noted cantor Lycourgos Angelopoulos, a Junior Fellowship in Byzantine Studies at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., and a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for study in Oxford under Bishop Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia. From Michaelmas Term (Autumn) of 1998 until Trinity Term (Spring) of 2001 he was British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Oxford University’s St. Peter’s College. He has also served as a lecturer and advisor for the Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies at the University of Cambridge.
He is currently working on a study of Sunday Matins in the Rite of Hagia Sophia for Ashgate Publishing, as well as a general introduction to Byzantine Chant for the Yale University Press.
Mark Powell, Executive Director
Mark Powell has served Cappella Romana in multiple capacities, as one its principal singers since 1995, as president of its board of directors from 1999-2002, and since 2002 as its part-time executive director.
After completing his undergraduate degree, he lived in Europe, where he was the general administrator of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, and subsequently the managing editor of the International Choral Bulletin and projects manager for the International Federation for Choral Music in Namur, Belgium.
Following his sojourn in Europe, for nine years he served as a music tour manager with ACFEA Tour Consultants, a concert tours company for performing arts groups from all over the world. He also served as director of marketing at Early Music America and Associate Editor of its publication, Early Music America Magazine. In 2006 he was tapped by Portland Baroque Orchestra as its new director of development and marketing, where he is responsible for the annual fund, corporate sponsorships, and major gifts.
He is a trained singer, having earned his singing degree from Seattle Pacific University and a masters degree in musicology at the University of Washington, and has held posts as both cantor and choir director in several Orthodox parishes. He also was a regular member of Seattle’s Tudor Choir from 1993 to 2004. While in Europe he toured and performed with a number of professional choirs, including Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Belgium; Kammerchor Stuttgart, Germany; Wakefield Cathedral Choir, England; and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.
Leslie Simmons, Operations Manager
Leslie Simmons joined the staff in 2013 after completing her undergraduate studies in Flute Performance at Lewis & Clark College. While earning her degree, Leslie worked as the Music Department Office Assistant at Lewis & Clark and Development Intern at the Oregon Symphony. She also taught flute lessons, served as an Ambassador for the Student-Alumni Association, and interned for ChoirFixer Ltd. during a semester abroad in London.
Notable performances include the Oregon Ambassadors of Music Europe Tour in 2009, Gabriel Faure’s Pavane with the Lewis & Clark Orchestra in 2011, works by Copland, Ravel, Widor and Bolling in 2012, and works by Bach, Mozart, Schulhoff and Piazzolla in 2013.
Leslie currently teaches flute lessons from her private studio and serves on the Development Committee of the Portland Symphonic Choir.
Cappella Romana Board of Directors, 2013-2014
His Eminence Metropolitan +Gerasimos of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, Honorary Chairman of the Board
L. Sue Fischer, M.S., President
Maria Boyer, Vice President
Ruud van der Salm, Treasurer
Martin Nugent, Secretary
Constantine Kokenes, M.D.
Robert Kyr, Ph.D.
Alexander Lingas, Ph.D., ex officio
Stephanie Nonas, M.D.
Mark Powell, M.A., ex officio
Nancy Retsinas, J.D.