Texas Ballet Theatre
Mark Powell was born in the west Texas town of Big Spring and received his musical training at Interlochen, the University of Michigan, and at Tanglewood with Jorma Panula. His conducting work has been recognized by the Geraldine C. and Emory M. Ford Foundation with their American Conductor's Award. He is Music Director Emeritus of the American Radio Chamber Orchestra and the former Managing Artistic Director of the Uniquely Houston series at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston. He currently teaches at the Institute for Music Leadership at the Eastman School of Music and is an artistic adviser to the Project Divisi String Orchestra and to the Ad Hoc chamber ensemble of Rochester.
A clarinetist since age 9, he has performed in recital for Da Camera of Houston and as conductor with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theatre, Finland's Korsholm Music Festival, the Rochester Philharmonic, and with Houston's Greenbriar Consortium. He made his Concertgebouw debut in 2000 with the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. Since January, 2010 he has been an instructor in the Arts Leadership Program at the Eastman School of Music's Institute for Music Leadership.
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