ARTHUR MARTONE ’80 (Musical Director, Classroom Vocal Music, Department Chair) is well known in the Erie area as a vocalist, music teacher, conductor and director. Mr. Martone graduated summa cum laude from Mercyhurst University with a B.M. He has been in education since 1984, presently teaching music at Mercyhurst Preparatory School since 1988, and he is the chairman of the Performing Arts Department. During this tenure, he has been the musical director for over 30 musicals that have been staged at the school. Some of these musical highlights included the 1995 mainstage production of Nunsense at the ITS Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska, the first production of Les Miserables (2002) in western Pennsylvania and the summer of 2005 production of Little Mary Sunshine at the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Beginning in 2007, Mr. Martone took over the direction and production of the school musicals, the output including Godspell; The Sound of Music; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Peter Pan (flying by ZFX); Babes in Arms; Bye Bye Birdie; Once On This Island; The Wizard of Oz (flying by ZFX); Little Women; Seussical; Children of Eden; The Music Man; Brigadoon; Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and The King and I. The highlights were the northwestern Pennsylvania premier high school productions of The Phantom of the Opera (chandelier by ZFX) in 2011, Cats in 2014 and Mary Poppins 2017.
Mr. Martone has also been honored in multiple ways with the Mercyhurst Prep and Erie communities presenting him with the 2005 MPS Outstanding Faculty Service Award, the 2009 Golden Apple Award, the 2011 MPS Distinguished Alumni Service Award and the 2015 Dedication to Yearly Service Award.
As a former member of the Erie Opera Theatre, Mr. Martone has been involved annually with almost all of its productions from 1984 to 2009 as either a performer or director. He has directed and performed in multiple productions of Amahl and the Night Visitors as well as directed the Erie Opera Theatre’s productions of Die Fledermaus, The Elixir of Love, Tosca and Carmen. As a vocalist, Mr. Martone has also sung as a soloist with both the Erie Chamber Orchestra and the Erie Philharmonic.
Mr. Martone has also been seen on the stage at the Erie Playhouse in their productions of My One and Only, Anything Goes and the concert versions of Kismet and My Fair Lady in conjunction with the Erie Philharmonic. He has also taken up the baton for them in Barnum, A Chorus Line, 1776 and Oklahoma! Mr. Martone was also the assistant conductor for the Erie Chamber Orchestra until 2012, conducting works from multiple composers including Mozart, Haydn, Vivaldi, Bizet, Sibelius, Gershwin, Strauss, Ellington, Rodgers & Anderson. His conducting credits also include The Erie Parks and Recreation Department, the Titusville Summer Theater, the Diocese of Erie All-School Summer Musical and the Bicentennial All-Mozart concert at Saint Peter Cathedral commemorating the 200th anniversary of the death of Mozart.
In addition to his numerous involvements in the Erie area arts, Mr. Martone also loves to travel. He has extensively traveled to various locations throughout the world including Italy (x10), France (x4), England (x2), Scotland (x2), Germany (x2), Switzerland, Belgium, Greece, Turkey, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Canada & Mexico.