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, founding Artistic Director of Cappella Romana, is a Reader in Music at City University London and a Fellow of the University of Oxford’s European Humanities Research Centre. He received his Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from the University of British Columbia. His present work embraces not only historical study but also ethnography and performance. Formerly Assistant Professor of Music History at Arizona State University’s School of Music, Dr. Lingas has also served as a lecturer and advisor for the Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies at the University of Cambridge.
His awards include Fulbright and Onassis grants for musical studies with cantor Lycourgos Angelopoulos, the British Academy’s Thank-Offering to Britain Fellowship, research leave supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and the St. Romanos the Melodist medallion of the National Forum for Greek Orthodox Church Musicians (USA).
Having contributed articles to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies, Dr. Lingas is now completing two monographs: a study of Sunday Matins in the Rite of Hagia Sophia for Ashgate and a historical introduction to Byzantine Chant for Yale University Press.
Mark Powell, Executive Director
Mark Powell has served Cappella Romana in multiple capacities, as a singer since 1995, as president of its board of directors from 1999-2002, and since 2002 as its executive director. In 2016 he was made full-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. From 2006 to 2016 he served as director of development and marketing for Portland Baroque Orchestra.
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 & Development 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.
Cappella Romana Board of Directors, 2016-17
His Eminence Metropolitan +Gerasimos of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, Honorary Chairman of the Board
L. Sue Fischer, M.S., President
Nancy Retsinas, Vice President
Photini (Mel) Downie Robinson, Treasurer
Diane Cherry, 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