Growing up in Ancaster, Mark Russom had a poster of Garfield on his bedroom door, in which the cherubic cat, bedecked as a one-man band, proclaims “music is my life”. Although not quite a one-man band, the similarity is evident today. Mark’s musical studies have included the organ, cello, piano, and clarinet. Since the late 80’s, Mark has also been putting his vocal cords to great use. No stranger to the choral music scene these days, he sings baritone with the Exultate Chamber Singers and tenor with the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir. Mark has been performing with the Niagara Symphony since 1988, and has been an active member of the organization behind the scenes as well. In 2005, Mark’s dedication and volunteer efforts were recognized with the inaugural Jack Silverstein Memorial Volunteer Award. Beyond his role with the Symphony, Mark is also a founding member of the Serenata String Quartet, and enjoys an active freelance career, performing both as a vocalist and instrumentalist. Away from his music, Mark is an avid curler, cyclist, and golfer, on those rare occasions when spare time avails itself.