MARQUES JERRELL RUFF, bass-baritone, is pleased to be in his fourth season with Chanticleer and remains grateful for the opportunity to travel the world fulfilling his purpose. A native of East Hartford, Connecticut, Marques is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University where his love of choral music was cultivated under the direction of Dr. Pamela J. Perry, and further bolstered by his decade-long tenure as a Section Leader and soloist at the historic Asylum Hill Congregational Church. Mr. Ruff has been privileged to appear in concert as a soloist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Vivre Musicale, CONCORA, and VOCE Inc., where he recorded “Sure on This Shining Night” with American composer, Morten Lauridsen. Marques has also been the recipient of top honors from the National Association of Teachers of Singing Voice Competition and the Classical Singer Competition. An avid jazz, gospel, and musical theater performer, he has appeared in regional theater productions of several plays including: Rent (Tom Collins) and Ain’t Misbehavin’. Prior to joining Chanticleer, Mr. Ruff recorded and released on Spotify a brand new song cycle written specifically for him by composer and friend, SSG Daniel J. Campolieta en titled, Guided Imagery.