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Mark Vance -- Composer

Born in Sacramento in 1951, Vance has made Nevada City his home for over 35 years. Vance has played an extensive role as a composer, conductor, educator, arranger and indefatigable advocate of new music with original compositions in every musical genre: vocal, choral, chamber and orchestral. He received his education at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and has studied composition with notables such as: Pierre Boulez, Aaron Copland, Alan Houston, Paul Palombo, Gunther Schuller and Richard Swift. His instrumental studies include clarinet, flute, alto saxophone, piano, guitar and voice. He is published with Santa Barbara Music Publishing. New York composer, William Jay Sydeman remarks that "Mark Vance is the 21st century Kapellmeister of Nevada County, endlessly writing music for all venues and tirelessly promoting contemporary music in his community".

Vance, Education Coordinator for Music in the Mountains, maintains, develops and implements their impressive list of education programs i.e. Classics for Kids, Music Live, Young Composers Program, Designs for Listening (adult ed),Young Musicians Competition, Kinderkonzert, Brummitt-Taylor Listening Program and much more. Vance also serves as the Executive Director of the Nevada County Composers Cooperative. NCCC is a prestigious group of eight composers living in the Nevada County area, creating and promoting new music. During his tenure with NCCC, Vance's development of the Wet Ink Concert, expansion of the Meet the Composer Series, and promotion of the Sound and Vision Festival (a multimedia festival incorporating music with the different artistic disciplines) are some of his accomplishments. He actively serves on the Music in the Mountain's Education Committee. Since 2003, Vance chairs and teaches in Music In the Mountains' impressive Young Composer Program. Vance serves as a member of the board of directors for the Gold Country Piano Institute. GCPI is an international master class program focusing on piano literature interpretation.

Vance has been the recipient of grants from the American Composers Forum. He has received numerous commissions from Music in the Mountains, Twin Cities Concert Association, Nevada Union High School Choral Program, as well as many private sources. One of Vance's pet projects is educating the public that the Eszterhazy's, Razamovsky's, Lebkowicz's and Medici's are no longer commissioning and that it is not a far fetched notion that the public can be, and are indeed, responsible for commissioning new music. This important concept has led to the formation of the new commissioning group, Tangible Applause.

Tangible Applause is a ground-breaking, prototypical organization comprised of members: Julia Amaral and Mark Strate, LaVonne Amaral, Glenn Cochran, Gene and Gail Fox, Larry and Jean Hoy, Aileen James, Lowell and Diane Robertson, Tom and Annabel Straus, Britta Tigan, Grace Trotter and Ann Wilder. This is an ongoing commissioning group that understands the importance of supporting the artist over a period of several years. This enables artists to create a body of works, work on larger projects, take on projects with no scheduled performances, and create works for influential musicians who cannot afford to commission.


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