Dr. Mark Cook is an active new music percussionist and music educator who has performed across the southwestern and midwestern United States. Performance highlights include performances with Chatter, an Albuquerque-based new music ensemble, the Color Field Ensemble, a new music ensemble based in the Midwest, and several orchestras including the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra.
A firm believer in music education, Mark has taught percussion both at high school and collegiate levels. He has also presented master classes at several high schools and middle schools in the Albuquerque area and has worked with the Albuquerque Youth Symphony and the Albuquerque Youth Orchestra. His goals in music education are devoted to the integration of new technologies in a way that enhances teaching.
Mark is also a dedicated member of the Percussive Arts Society. As part of his work within the society, he has served on the university committee and currently serves on the music technology committee and has also performed at the New Mexico Chapter Day of Percussion on several occasions. Mark has recently been directly involved with curating concerts at the 2013 PASIC Music Technology day, and also presented a clinic entitled “necessary hardware for performing pieces with live electronics” at the event. He performed at the 2014 PASIC Music Technology day, both as a soloist and with his percussion duo, Ensemble570.
A technology specialist, Mark’s primary interest in contemporary music is devoted to using technology in performance, ranging from purely electronic instruments to music that encompasses a mixture of acoustic and electronic elements. His current research is on telematic music. Mark is also actively involved in commissioning and premiering new works for the electronic medium, most recently commissioning works by several composers for his percussion duo.
Mark recently finished his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Contemporary Music from BGSU where he studied with Dr. Roger Schupp. Mark also holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Arizona, where he studied with Dr. Norman Weinberg and Robin Horn, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of New Mexico, where he studied with Scott Ney.