Dr. Mark Singer

Adjunct Professor of Violin and Conductor of the Morgan State University String Ensemble
Office Location: 
Murphy Fine Arts Center Rm. 329F

Dr. Mark Singer, DMA. began his early violin studies at the age of five. From the age of eight, he studied as a scholarship student with Mehli Mehta at the New School of Music in Philadelphia where he had his debut recital. As a teenager, he was a participant in Chamber Music at Orono, Maine, where he was coached by Joseph Fuchs and Francis Tursi. He later graduated from Oberlin College, where he studied violin with Steven Staryk and Dorothy Mauney. He received his Master's Degree in Music from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where he was concertmaster of the orchestra and a violin student of Berl Senofsky. After graduation, he performed as a member of the Casals Festival Orchestra in Puerto Rico.

Dr. Singer was a member of the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra and the Maryland Symphony. As founder and principal violinist of the Columbia String Quartet, the Aura Nova Ensemble, and the Tizmoret Trio, he has performed in chamber music concerts throughout the eastern United States. In 2005, Dr. Singer was a Pearlstone Foundation Scholar and Lecturer. In 2010, he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland and was a recipient of a University of Maryland Career Grant. Besides conducting the Baltimore Women's Orchestra, Dr. Singer is adjunct professor of strings at Morgan State University where he leads the Morgan Chamber Ensemble and teaches violin, viola, and string methods. He is also the founder and director of Tizmoret Shoshana Summer Music and Arts Workshop. He is an eagerly sought-out teacher with a number of highly talented prize-winning students.

In the winter of 2015, along with several colleagues, including Dr. Anita Thesen from Morgan State, Dr. Singer directed and performed in a series of concerts at the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts entitled, From Darkness into Light, which was sponsored by the Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust. In conjunction with the Gordon Center Series, Dr. Singer appeared on NPR Maryland Morning with Tom Hall. With members of the Aura Nova Ensemble Ina-Esther Joost, former principal cellist of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and colleague Dr. Dan Weiser, piano he performed excerpts from the Shostakovich Piano Trio in E Minor, op. 67 and the Mahler Piano Quartet.