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Mark J. Connor (b. 1971) is a composer, conductor, and educator whose main focus is writing for concert band, with works appearing on several state lists. His band music has enjoyed performances at several state music educator conferences, including TMEA, and his music is published by RWS Music Company, Grand Mesa Music, and Alry Publications.
Other highlights include performances of his chamber music at the Eastern Music Festival, Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), the Taliesin Art Centre (Wales), the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (Ireland). He has had orchestral works performed by the Jacksonville Symphony as part of their Fresh Ink program and the North State Symphony. Mark has been commissioned by, or won awards from, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Eppes String Quartet, the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, Composers and Schools in Concert, and the Commission Project. He is also active as an arranger for a wide range of ensembles and genres including works for groups as diverse as guitar ensembles, brass quintet, saxophone trio, and jazz combos.
Mark has been an educator for over 20 years and has taught classes at all levels ranging from junior high school through postgraduate. He has been a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Webster University and Western Carolina University and has taught as an instructor at several universities in the St. Louis region. From 1997 to 2001 Mark was the director of bands and teacher at Palma High School in Salinas, California.
Mark is the host of Everything Band, a podcast that features interviews with leaders in the concert band, wind ensemble, and marching arts communities.
Mark holds degrees from Florida State University, the University of Colorado, and California State University, Chico. His teachers include Ellen Taafe Zwilich, Ladislav Kubik, Richard Toensing, Luis Gonzalez, David Colson, and Alfred Loeffler. He has studied conducting with James Croft and Daniel Hiestand.
He currently resides in Glen Carbon, Illinois and is married to the cellist Marta Simidtchieva and has two children. His hobbies include martial arts and watching baseball, and he is a second degree black belt in taekwondo.
Mark J. Connor (b. 1971) is a composer, educator, and conductor with works published by RWS Music, Grand Mesa Music, and Alry Publications. He has been commissioned to write music for numerous organizations including Composers and Schools in Concert and the Commission Project.
Mark has taught classes at all levels ranging from junior high school through postgraduate. From 1997 to 2001 Mark was the director of bands and teacher at Palma High School in Salinas, California.
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Mark J. Connor (b. 1971) is a composer, educator, and conductor with several published works for band. He has been commissioned to write music for numerous organizations and has taught at all levels from junior high school through postgraduate.