About Steven Marking


Steven Marking is a true renaissance man: baritone, riverlorian (river historian), storyteller, photographer and filmmaker.

Steve is from Brice Praire, Wisconsin. He grew up on and in the Mississippi River. He received his undergraduate degree in voice from Viterbo College in La Crosse, Wisconsin and his masters degree in vocal performance from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. He continued his studies at Yale University and then spent twenty years singing opera and oratorio in the New York area.He has over forty opera roles to his credit. A charismatic presence on stage, Steve has the qualities of all the very best baritones: finished phrasing, excellent breath control and pitch, and superb diction.

 The Mississippi River and his roots called him home in 2010, and he discovered his passion and talent for photographing and filming his beloved Mississippi River. He turned his passion into his popular show, Our Mighty Mississippi, a magical journey of song, storytelling and visual imagery celebrating America’s greatest river. 

 Since his move to the Twin Cities in 2012, he has performed his own shows, sung with Minnesota Opera, the Metropolitan Symphony and Minnesota Chorale and released one new CD and two DVDs. He is the bass baritone soloist at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. He is a riverlorian (river historian) and entertainer for American Cruise Lines as they cruise the Mississippi, Ohio and Cumberland Rivers. Steve has recorded four CDs and two DVDs. CDs: He Keeps Me Singing, Grandma's Favorite Gospel Hymns, Toscanini and Friends, Our Mighty Mississippi. DVDs: Our Mighty Mississippi, Riverscapes.