Teacher, arranger, performer, and arts entrepreneur, Mark takes joy in creating thrilling musical endeavors and growing passionate young artists. An enthusiast of diverse musical styles, Mark thrives in jazz combos, Latin rock bands, new music ensembles, string quartets, and more. He has performed with the Mannheim Steamroller orchestra, the world tour of Chicago: The Musical, and Grammy award winning pianist Billy Childs. Mark is concertmaster of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, associate concertmaster of the Penn's Woods Music Festival Orchestra, and a member of the Allegria Ensemble. Mark and his wife Sally perform together as Revamped; described as daring and innovative, this vivacious husband and wife violin duo fuses pop, jazz, classical, rock, and folk styles in a way entirely their own. They create concert experiences with artistically profound and impossibly complex arrangements, electronic and altered instruments, vibrant color coordination, theatrics, and signature stunts- all done with mind-boggling precision- to awe and inspire audiences around the world. Through extended techniques of their own invention, these two performers become the stride pianists of the string world, evoking the sonic landscapes of large ensembles of diverse instrumentation to impress audiences of all ages. Integration with live-streaming and social media places viewers in the center of the action, while a touch of humor and their personable interactions round out every unforgettable show. The duo has arranged dozens of signature works, available for viewing on their website.
Mark holds a B.M. in Violin Performance from Bowling Green State University, as well as an M.M. in Violin Performance and an M.A. in Music Theory and History from Penn State. Mark has performed in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Poland, China, Greece, and Tanzania, and has played as soloist with the Firelands Symphony, the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, the Altoona Symphony, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and the Williamsport Symphony. Mark's teaching combines influences from the Suzuki Method and Eastern European methodology, integrated with a variety of genres to enhance student engagement. Mark strives for balanced development of musicality, precision, and natural motions. He coaches students through carefully layered practice methodology, and emphasizes pragmatic audience engagement in performances. He teaches violin, viola, chamber ensembles, group classes, composition, music theory, music history, and orchestra at the Grier School, the State College Music Academy, and the State College Suzuki Program. As an arts entrepreneur, Mark's work emphasizes the role of social media and technology in audience engagement and growth, and encourages innovation in concert design and presentation. Mark was president of the Penn's Woods Music Festival advisory council, and has worked with boards for the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, and the SAVVY Arts Venture Challenge.