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Mark Carlson (b. 1952)

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Composer Mark Carlson's lyrical, emotionally powerful, and stylistically unique music has earned him the admiration of audiences and musicians throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. A versatile composer, his nearly 80 works include art songs, chamber music, choral music, concertos and other large ensemble works, and songs for musical theater. The recipient of over 40 commissions, he has been commissioned by the National Shrine in Washington, DC, the New West Symphony, Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, First Methodist Church of Santa Monica, the UCLA Wind Ensemble, and the Santa Monica College Orchestra, among other organizations, as well as by many individual musicians and private parties. His recent works include The Ballad of Charlie Howard, commissioned by the Maine Gay Men's Chorus. One of five recordings of his works, The Hall of Mirrors, was a winner of the Chamber Music America/WQXR Record Awards for 2001.. His Twilight from The Hall of Mirrors for clarinet and piano was released on CDs by clarinetist Michele Gingras in 1998 and Gerard Errante in 2000. From the Song of Songs, for soprano and piano, performed by the American Celebration Duo, was released on though love be a day (innova recordings ) this season. His music is published by Yelton Rhodes Music, Pacific Serenades Music, and C Swigart Music, all of Los Angeles, by Thorpe Music of Boston, and by Black Squirrel Music, of Kent, Ohio.

His GALA chorus credits include performances by the San Diego Women's Chorus, Harmony: A Colorado Chorale, the Lexington Men's Chorus, as well as the Maine Gay Men's Chorus, among others. He is currently composing new works for the Boston Gay Men's Chorus, the West Coast Singers, and the Maine Gay Men's Chorus.

A strong believer in the vitality of new classical music, Mr. Carlson is the founder and Artistic Director of the Los Angeles chamber music ensemble, Pacific Serenades--now in its 15th season--known for its unique combination of commissioned works (60 to date) and standard repertoire.

Also a flutist, he is an avid performer of chamber music and has performed numerous works written for him; he has also been a member of the Pasadena Symphony, the YMF Debut Orchestra, and the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.

Born in 1952 in Ft. Lewis, Washington, he grew up in California, attended the University of Redlands, graduated from Cal State University, Fresno, and received MA and PhD degrees in composition from UCLA. His composition teachers included Alden Ashforth and Paul Reale, and his flute studies were primarily with Roger S. Stevens. Very active as a private teacher, he is also now on the faculty at Santa Monica College and UCLA, where he has taught music theory and composition for many years.

He can be reached at (323) 906-0613 and at mcarlson@ucla.edu.


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YR1407.3P Agnus Dei
YR1408.3 Anthem of Names, ...
YR1408 Ballad of Charlie...
YR1401.6 Child's Lullaby,...
YR1401.7 Christmas Carmen,...
YR1401.3 Christmas Carol, ...
YR1413 Common Link
YR1411 Dies Sanctificatu...
YR1402 From Children's ...
YR1407.2P Gloria
YR1401.1 Hymn of Winter
YR1405 I sing His name
YR1410 Improperium Expec...
YR1407.1P Kyrie
YR1403 Like a Child
YR1400 Love Songs
YR1401.5 Mary's Manger-So...
YR1412 Morning Song
YR1408.2 River's Lullaby,...
YR1401.2 Shines a Star
YR1404 Sleep and Dreams
YR1401.8 Star of Bethlehem...
YR1401.4 Star of My Heart
YR1406 When We Speak
YR1401 Wreath of Anthems...

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