Writers of THE MARCH



Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Jonathan Stinson’s musical studies began at a very early age.  He began studying violin at age 5, trombone at age 12, music theory at 14, and voice at 17.  Shortly into his theory training, Stinson began sketching his own music. Jonathan has since composed 6 song cycles and 2 operas which have been heard throughout the country to great acclaim.  His songs have recently appeared on recitals in Massachusetts, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Michigan, Missouri and Kansas.

In 2006, Opera Memphis commissioned Mr. Stinson’s first opera: a one-act children’s opera for vocal quartet and piano. The Three Bears premiered in Memphis 2007 as part of the company’s Artist-In-Residence Tour. The piece is a sequel to “Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, with the story, libretto and music by the composer. The University of Missouri-Kansas City mounted a production in April 2008 and Opera Playhouse (Chicago) toured Illinois with the opera from 2009-2011. A production is scheduled for Fall 2010 in Kansas. The success of The Three Bears has led to a second children’s opera, The Knightly News, which will be premiered by Opera Playhouse in the Fall of 2012.

Jonathan holds voice degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Indiana University, studying composition at each school along the way. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in voice from CCM at the University of Cincinnati and studies composition with CCM professor David Schneider.

ALAN MARSHALL   librettist
Alan is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He studied Theology and African-American History at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.  Born not long after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Alan has felt the privilege and burden of being a child of The Dream. Writing THE MARCH has given him the opportunity to fuse decades of historical research with his passion for opera.

He believes this opera can contribute to a better appreciation of Civil Rights Movement’s heroes: black and white, well-known and obscure, who sacrificed to help America be America for all of its citizens. He appreciates this unique opportunity and feels that his life experience has been a prolonged prelude for this project.

Alan is a staunch supporter of Chicago Opera Theater where he sits on an executive council and serves on the education and marketing committees. He also serves on the board of Chicago Dannztheatre Ensemble.

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