About Steven Marking


Steven Marking is a true renaissance man: stunning baritone, riverlorian (river historian), photographer and filmmaker. His exceptional talents weave through every unique project, yet he is always true to his heart.

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, performed in many oratorios and released three new CDs and two DVDs. . In addition to his local performances, he is a riverlorian (river historian), providing insightful river education and wonderful musical performances for American Cruise Lines as they cruise the Mississippi, Ohio and Cumberland Rivers. He loves this unique job that combines his passion for the river with his music, but he finds ways to express his spirit in everything he does.

Steve loves to sing in church and considers it a part of worship. From 2013-2018 he was the bass baritone soloist at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With his Norwegian Lutheran heritage, he is steeped in the beloved old time hymns. And through his opera background he grew to love classical and gospel religious music.

When Steve is home in St Paul, he can often be found on the backwaters of the Mississippi, filming his beloved Mississippi, catching the lotus in bloom or the arrival of the tundra swans.

Steve has recorded five CDs and two DVDs. CDs: Holy Chestnuts,Grandma's Favorite Gospel Hymns, Toscanini and Friends, Our Mighty Mississippi and Lord, Here Am I. He has filmed, photographed, edited and added his own music to his popular DVDs: Our Mighty Mississippi and Riverscapes.

It is exciting to see where his projects take him!


New CD "Holy Chestnuts" now available!

Remastered CD Lord, Here Am I" now available!