Mark Myers
UCLA Doctor of Musical Arts Choral Conducting candidate

Mark Myers is currently pursuing his DMA in Choral Conducting at the Herb Alpert School of Music. A native of Northeastern Indiana, he arrived at UCLA after many years as a choral music educator and freelance musician in the Chicago area.

For 12 years, Mark taught choral music and music theory at Waubonsie Valley High School, serving an extremely diverse student population from the western Chicago suburbs of Aurora and Naperville, Illinois. During his tenure at WVHS, the music department was recognized on five occasions as a GRAMMY Signature School and twice as a GRAMMY Gold Signature School. Mark helped to develop a large and inclusive program of traditional concert choirs and chamber ensembles, pop a cappella groups, a 135-voice all school unity chorus, and nationally recognized show choirs.

Under his direction, WVHS vocal ensembles performed across the globe, from New York City to Los Angeles and Australia to South Africa in venues including the House of Blues, Sydney Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center. The choirs also collaborated with a number of professional artists and ensembles, including Vusi Mahlasela, Sowah Mensah, Kirk Whalum, Anders Åstrand, Dolora Zajick, the Native Jazz Quartet, Chanticleer, and the Chicago Sinfonietta.

Prior to his time at Waubonsie Valley, Mark was a conductor on the staff of both of Chicagoland’s world-renowned children’s choruses, Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus and the Chicago Children’s Choir. He has also been extremely honored to serve as a guest conductor for high school and middle school concert choirs and show choirs throughout the United States. Mark also maintains a busy schedule as a freelance arranger.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, where he was named the Outstanding Music Major, and a Master of Music from Northwestern University, where he was the Program Honors recipient in Music Education.

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