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Mark Nelson

Mark Nelson has performed and lectured in a variety of venues. He was a tuba recitalist for the 1992 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, a guest artist and clinician for the Hokkaido Euphonium/Tuba Camp in Sapporo, Japan in 1993, a faculty member at the Summit Brass Institute, and a competition judge for the 1995 ITEC. In addition to his solo appearance with the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra at ITEC 1998 at the University of Minnesota, he served as Head Judge for the Junior Tuba Solo Competition. He also performed at the TubaMania Conference in Sydney, Australia in December 1999 and at the ITEC 2000 Conference at the University of Regina, Canada in June, 2000. He was asked to perform in the latest Symphonia CD recording in the summer of 2001 and was a featured soloist at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in December, 2001. He will also be featured as a recitalist at ITEC 2002 in North Carolina. Nelson has commissioned nearly two dozen new works for tuba, many featured on his two CD recordings, New England Reveries (Crystal Records CD691) and Aboriginal Voices, available from TAP Music, Bernel Music Ltd., and Walking Frog Records. Nelson has published a dozen tuba/euphonium ensemble arrangements through Cimarron Music and Tuba-Euphonium Press. He has written nearly 150 reviews in the I.T.E.A. Journal, many articles on tuba, technology, World Wide Web, and other topics in the I.T.E.A. Journal, Music Educators Journal, Illinois Music Educator, and Vermont Music Educator News and has been on the editorial staff of the I.T.E.A. Journal since 1986, currently serving as Editor of New Materials. His first book, The Tuba as a Solo Instrument: Composer Biographies, was released by Tuba-Euphonium Press in June 1995. He is also one of the editors of The Tuba Source Book.

Mark Nelson's formal education includes the Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Point Loma Nazarene University, the Licentiate Performer's Diploma from Trinity College of Music, London, the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Arizona State University, and the Master of Education degree in Education Administration from the University of Vermont. His principal tuba teachers have been Barton Cummings, Charles Hansen, Raymond Nutaitis, Roger Bobo, and Daniel Perantoni.

Dr. Nelson is currently Chair of the Performing Arts Department and Director of Bands at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ. He was previously the Chair of Performing Arts and Director of Orchestras at Desert Mountain High School in the Scottsdale School District, Scottsdale, AZ. From 1993-1998, Dr. Nelson was Professor of Music and Chair of Academic Studies at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. Previous to his appointment at Millikin University, Dr. Nelson was Associate Professor of Music at the University of Vermont from 1984-1993 simultaneously performing as Principal Tuba of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Brass Quintet, and the Vermont Town Brass. He started his teaching career teaching band and strings for the Scottsdale Schools from 1982-1984 at Cherokee School. He was the I.T.E.A. Secretary from 1995-1997.

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