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Mark Alan Taggart

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Mark Alan Taggart

Biography

Mark Alan Taggart (b. 1956) is an educator, saxophonist, composer and conductor.

He received his early training at The University of Louisville where he studied saxophone with Lee Patrick, and composition with Dan Welcher. In 1983, Taggart completed his doctorate at Cornell University where he was a composition and conducting student of Pulitzer Prize winning composer Karel Husa, Steven Stucky, and Robert Palmer.

As a saxophonist, Taggart has had a number of substantial works dedicated to him; most notably Brian Israel's Sonata, and Steven Stucky's Notturno. His intimate familiarity with the saxophone combined with exceptional compositional gifts have resulted in a number of outstanding compositions of his own for saxophone including the Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra, A Round O' Trios for alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, Two Sad Songs for saxophone ensemble, and Lament and Credo also for large saxophone ensemble. While Taggart has contributed generously to the saxophone repertoire, his work is not limited to that medium. He has also written a number of chamber works for various instruments and voice, as well as works for symphonic band and symphony orchestra. Taggart's music is quite varied in content and always demonstrates impeccable skill and sincere emotion.

Dr. Taggart currently [2021] serves as composer-in-residence at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He teaches composition and basic musicianship classes, and served as chair of the faculty from 2006 to 2008.


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