The 2016-17 season takes Mark to Banff as the choral presenter for the Alberta Music Conference, to Saskatoon as guest conductor of the Saskatchewan High School Honours Choir and workshop clinician with Da Capo Chamber Choir, Schneider Male Chorus and the Monday Morning Singers in Ontario. Early in the 2017 he directs workshops in Dartmouth NS and Hamilton and Ottawa ON.
His busy 2015-16 season included return visit with the wonderful award-winning Amabile Choirs of London ON for the Amabile Festival in late February. Two all-Sirett programmes were presented to capacity audiences. Later in the spring Mark directed the 150-voice Nova Scotia Children’s Choir in Truro NS for the Nova Scotia Choral Federation.
His own Cantabile Men and Women’s Choruses toured France in July where they sang mass at Notre Dame, plus concerts at the Madeleine, St. Eustache, Chartres Cathedral and Vimy.
In 2015 schedule he was guest conductor of the Association for Music in International Schools’ European Honors Women’s Chorus, Luxembourg, workshops with the Brussels Choral Society, Manitoba Choral Association, a return engagement, Unisong Festival, on Canada Day in Ottawa and guest clinician for the University of Toronto Summer Choral Symposium.
Mark continues to be busy as a composer and arranger.
Boosey & Hawkes recently released three treble works, Auld lang syne with piano and flute accompaniment., as well as Treat the Earth Well, based on a wonderful First Nations text and the soundscape inngiqtuq (she sings) based on Inuit throat singing.
Canada’s Cypress Choral Music does a wonderful job at promoting Canadian repertoire. This year Cypress has published Mark’s SA arrangement of A la claire fontaine, SSA, TTBB and SATB arrangements of After the War from the film, Passchendaele sung by Sarah Slean, his SATB arrangement of the wonderful Scottish folk song Farewell to Tarwathie, and an original work The Pierless Bridge in various voicings. Cypress also made available both SATB and SSA versions of Citadel Hill, a humorous Canadian folk song.
In addition to commissions, in 2015 and 2016 Mark had several new publications released in North America and Europe. These included an SATB a cappella arrangement of the beloved Canadian Christmas carol, Huron Carol written for the Carus Verlag (GR) anthology ‘Christmas Carols of the World’.
new releases 2017
For a perusal copy of any score please send an email to the composer and he is more than happy to send you one.
A la claire fontaine
SA and piano, optional flute, oboe, double bass Cypress Music CP1446
This song may have appeared as early as 1604 when the first French settlement was established in Quebec. A clear fountaine, a rose, and heart-break. Children love this charming folk-song arrangement and adults relate to the deeper meanings of love and loss.
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Auld lang syne SSA, piano and flute, Boosey & Hawkes HL 48023947.
Often translated as “times gone by” or “days long ago”, this is a song of friendship and goodwill. Although it is most often sung on New Years Eve, it is equally appropriate at times of farewell such as graduations. This beautiful arrangement uses the original Scottish air. Additional small instrumental ensemble version available from the composer. See Score
Treat the Earth Well SSA and piano, Boosey & Hawkes, Building Bridges Series, HL 48023877
The words for this are an ancient prayer from the Southwestern United States. They speak of the earth as a sacred and holy place that is worthy of our love and respect. The Prayer challenges us, as temporary residents of the land, to be diligent stewards on behalf of our children. And as we have come to expect, Mark’s choral writing is intricate and rewarding.
Walking TTBB and piano, In Low Voice, Boosey & Hawkes 979-0-051-48324-2
This setting of a poem by one of England’s notable war poets, Robert Graves (1895-1985), dedicated to the memory of a World War I veteran, is for 4-part men’s chorus, the perfect ensemble to bring this powerful text to life See score Listen
As a Tree
SATB sacred a cappella, Augsburg Fortress 978-1-5064-1381-5 An accessible a cappella work full of lyricism and expressive harmonies. The beautiful and inspiring text by Michael Morris is based on Psalm 1 and implores us all to “be like a tree firmly planted which yields its fruit and prospers.”
SATB and piano, Trad Scottish. Cypress CP 1559. This incredibly energetic arrangement would be a thrilling conclusion to any concert. Cope was a leader of the British troops and the battle that is described was a decisive victory for the Jacobites. Score Listen Small instrumental ensemble version is available from the composer.
SATB and piano, Cypress CP1558 Traditional Scottish tale by Robbie Burns. A highland Laird courts the beautiful Leezie Lindsay in Edinburgh. He wins her heart and take her to the highlands where she becomes lady of a great castle. A beautiful tune about this wonderful romance! Score Listen Small instrumental ensemble version is available from the composer.