THEORY, COMPOSITION & MUSICOLOGY DEPARTMENT
Mark Alan Taggart (b. 1956) has been heralded as "one of the most sincere and truthful musical voices of our time." His music, described as "vivacious, virtuosic" and "full of fantasy and life" often explores the limits of human emotions. He has composed music for symphony orchestra, symphonic band, wind ensemble, chorus, and chamber ensembles. His music has been performed throughout the United States and Europe. Among his recent works are John Henry, a twenty minute tone poem for symphonic band, and The Humble Heart, an evocative setting for concert band that has received over a dozen performances nationwide within the past six months. His only rhythm and, a series of works-in-progress for ensemble, percussion and solo piano, has achieved international acclaim, receiving standing ovations in the United States and Europe.
D.M.A. (composition), Cornell University
M.F.A. (composition), Cornell University
B.A. (music), University of Louisville.
Mark Alan Taggart received his doctorate in musical composition from Cornell University as a student of Karel Husa, Steven Stucky and Robert Palmer. He received his undergraduate degree form the University of Louisville with honors in 1978, where he studied musical composition with Dan Welcher, Nelson Keyes and Claude Baker. His music is published by Ethos, Dorn, Sound Ideas, and Innovative Percussion. He is also an active as a performer of new music for saxophone, and is the Co-Director of ECU Premiere Performances concerts.
He is also an avid runner who averages thirty-five miles a week.
View Dr. Taggart's personal web page here.
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