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Music Building
Room 203
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Queens, NY 11367-1597
(Tel) 718-997-3800
(Fax) 718-997-3849

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Monday - Thursday: 9:00 - 5:00
Friday - 9:00 - 5:00 (Remote)

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Mark Powell
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Mark E. M. L. Powell

Associate Professor and Director of Orchestral Studies

Fields of Study:
Conducting, Pedagogy, Performance

Degrees and Studies:
DMA, Eastman School of Music
MM, University of Houston
BM, University of Michigan

Mark E. M. L. Powell, DMA is currently Associate Professor and Director of Orchestral Studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music (ACSM) at Queens College, CUNY where he conducts the Symphony, Chamber, Opera, and Studio Orchestras and leads the Copland Summer Series Conducting Workshop at Queens College. He is the founding music director of the American Radio Chamber Orchestra (ARCO) and served on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music’s Institute for Music Leadership from 2010 to 2019. Guest conducting and teaching activities have recently taken him to the 2022 Ohio All State Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Academy, the University of Alabama, the Boston Conservatory, the University of Oregon, Augustana University, SUNY New Paltz, Grinnell College, the College of New Jersey, and back to his alma mater, the Eastman School of Music, where he was Visiting Associate Professor in the Conducting and Ensembles Department for the 2020-2021 academic year. His most recent conducting students have gone on to successes at Peabody, the Cincinnati College Conservatory, and at Aspen.

The Plain Dealer praised Powell’s "exceptionally vivid" Cleveland debut, while Buffalo Philharmonic Music Director JoAnn Falletta has called him "a musician's conductor" of "deep musical understanding and insight.” The NRC Handelsblad (Amsterdam) noted at his Concertgebouw debut his "impressively expressive final movements of the Mussorgsky cycle [Pictures at an Exhibition].” American composer Augusta Read Thomas calls him  “...a blazingly inspiring, positive human being and musician.” and in 2021, dedicated her work Dancing Stars to Powell, writing the open instrumentation piece (for the Queens College Orchestra) for recording and production by individual musicians, isolated during the pandemic.

As guest conductor, he has led the Fort Worth Symphony, the Korsholm Music Festival Orchestra (Finland), the Rochester Philharmonic, the Texas Festival Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and many others. In 2019, with the Queens College Orchestra, he performed the North American premiere of Leif Segerstam’s Symphony No. 253. The first commercial recording of the Queens College Orchestras, From the North: Music of Norgård, Nielsen, Segerstam, Abrahamsen, and Sibelius is due out on the Centaur label later this year.

He also serves as Lead Conductor of the New Conductors Orchestra in Manhattan, providing mentorship to both young conductors and civic musicians. Powell recently, premiered two new compositions, Unsoftly to the Night and Nanosecond, by the American composer J. Matthew Curlee. Over the past three seasons, Powell also delivered lectures for the Q Class Online series, the Oxford Conducting Institute, and regularly contributes invited reviews to The Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal. Powell is an alumnus of Interlochen, the University of Michigan, the Moores School of Music, Tanglewood, and the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded the Walter Hagen Conducing Prize. He counts among his mentors Brad Lubman, Jorma Panula, Peter Eötvös, and Elizabeth Green.





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