Facets: Mark, Teacher, Director, Conductor, Music Lover

Meet Mark. He studied music in India for a year.   

Mark was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Monmouth County, New Jersey. His passion is music, and he earned several music degrees at several universities. To top off his education, Mark studied Indian classical music in Pune, India for a year. Mark's first job was as Assistant Professor of Music at Lake Forest College in Illinois. He has taught music courses at Wabash College in Indiana where he was the Music Department Chair. Mark has also taught music and cultural history at secondary schools in Ohio, California and New York.   

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Mark's grandfather was a Professor of Psychology at Dartmouth so Mark and his family would visit the Upper Valley in the summer when he was growing up. In 2014, Mark moved to the Upper Valley to be closer to his parents. Since then. Mark has been musically associated with or has directed or conducted the Thetford Chamber Singers, the Oriana Singers, the Randolph Singers, St. Thomas Church, the Lyme Town Band, the Upper Valley Music Center and the Upper Valley Community Band. He leads and directs the Bach Study Group, an ensemble of about 45 Bach devotees. The group meets regularly at the Howe Library in Hanover to play and savor the works of none other than Johann Sebastian Bach. 

Mark lives in Plainfield. He is 63. He'd be delighted if you would attend the Bach Marathon on May 24 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hanover. Anyone who wants to can perform there as long as they sign up in advance. The Bach Study Group will perform Cantata #106 (composed in 1707) and Cantata #11 (composed in 1735). 

Favorite place he's listened to Bach: Emmanuel Church in Boston

Good book he's recently read: My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout

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