Mark J. Connor | Webster University

Mark J. Connor, D.M.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
Music theory, general music classes

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Mark Connor, DMAMark 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 he is published by RWS Music Company and Grand Mesa Music. 

Other highlights include performances of his chamber music at the National Flute Association Conference, 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. Mark joins the faculty at Webster University after teaching for many years at Maryville and McKendree Universities. Prior to his arrival in the St. Louis area he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the Western Carolina University School of Music. From 1997 to 2001 Mark was the director of bands and teacher at Palma High School in Salinas, California. 

Mark holds degrees from Florida State University, the University of Colorado, and California State University, Chico. His composition teachers have included Ellen Taafe Zwilich, Ladislav Kubik, Richard Toensing, Luis Gonzalez, David Colson, and Alfred Loeffler.

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