Mark D. Petering

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Mark D. Petering


Mark D. Petering (b. 1973, Milwaukee, Wisc.) is an American composer, photographer, painter and educator.

Dr. Petering received his Ph.D. in composition at the University of Minnesota where he studied with Judith Lang Zaimont. He has also studied with Wallace DePue, Marilyn Shrude, Burton Beerman, Maurice Monhardt, John Downey and Marion Verhaalen.

As composer of both acoustic and electroacoustic music, Petering's compositions celebrate the natural world as well as the intersection of Eastern and Western cultures as reflected in his multicultural family. As a supporter of community music-making and online educational resources, his free downloads have received over 28,000 hits on, and his online pedagogical materials are also popular, including his YouTube guides highlighting the history of orchestration and modern period chamber music literature. As a proponent of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, many of his ensemble works are rent-free for urban school districts.

An early advocate and participant in the 60 x 60 electroacoustic music series, he has been selected twice for performance by the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. Mark's film Five Walks, featuring his original music, has received awards and accolades from film festivals in the United States, Canada, Europe and India. Mark is also an advocate for musicians with disabilities as member of several online communities which cultivate discussion and advocacy for disabled artists.

Mark has received additional awards from organizations such as ASCAP, SCI, and the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. His work Train & Tower after Sibelius for Orchestra, Tape and Live Train is the winner of the Swan Composer Prize for wind ensemble and winner of the Music Festival of the Hamptons Composition Competition for orchestra.

Mark’s work has been performed by the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra; the Buffalo Philharmonic; the Charlotte Symphony; the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra; and the Seattle Philharmonic. His electroacoustic music has been performed in the United States, Europe and Russia.

Mark is also the recipient of numerous commissions from organizations and performers including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, Washington Island Music Festival, Bowing Rogue featuring Ilana Setapen and Margot Schwartz, Jason DePue and Baltimore Symphony Tubist Aubrey Foard (Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra). An alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival and School, he has studied with George Tsontakis.

Dr. Petering is [2022] professor of music at Carthage College.

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