Greetings! My name is Mark and I’m looking forward to this class. I grew up in Southern Oregon and spent 10 years living in Connecticut before moving to Fairfax County. I now live in Centreville with my wife, Rachel, and my 3 year old son, Avi.
My professional training is in music, and I have an active freelance career as a double bassist. I travel a lot for “gigs” and play with many of the orchestras in and around Washington DC, including the Fairfax Symphony and the Alexandria Symphony. About two years ago, I formed a string trio called Virginia Virtuosi which has become a very large part of my performing career.
I am working towards a Doctor of Arts degree in Education at GMU where I also teach courses about American Popular Music. I enjoy both performing and teaching a great deal and haven’t quite decided upon the ideal balance of these activities in my professional life.
In addition to music and my family, I enjoy traveling, strategy games, the great outdoors, English Bulldogs, sci-fi films, and Five Guys’ burgers.