MARQUES JERRELL RUFF, bass-baritone, is in his third season, and grateful for the opportunity to sing with Chanticleer. A native of East Hartford, CT, Mr. Ruff is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University where he earned a degree in Music, and also founded and directed the all-male a cappella ensemble, DIVISI. 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 been the recipient of top honors from the National Association of Teachers of Singing Voice Competition and the Classical Singer Competition. A lover of classical and choral music, Mr. Ruff is also an avid jazz, gospel and musical theater performer, and 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 a brand new song cycle written specifically for his unique instrument by composer, and friend, Daniel J. Campolieta entitled, Guided Imagery. When not performing with Chanticleer, Marques enjoys consuming good southern cuisine and being continuously inspired by his muse, Beyonce!