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Mark Dorr, M.A.

Music | Adjunct Faculty of Percussion

D.M.A. in Percussion Performance & Pedagogy – University of Iowa (ABD)
M.A. in Percussion Performance & Pedagogy – University of Iowa
B.M. in Music Education (Instrumental Music, K-12) – Iowa State University
Mark Dorr teaches applied percussion lessons and conducts the Percussion Ensemble at Waldorf University. He is active as a professional percussionist and guest conductor as well as a band/percussion clinician and adjudicator throughout North America. He is Principal Percussionist and the Personnel/Operations Manager with the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra and also performs frequently as a percussionist with Orchestra Iowa.

Mark has played as a local musician in over a dozen touring Broadway shows including Wicked and West Side Story. He has also performed with such artists and groups as Dave Brubeck, Harry Connick Jr., Doc Severinsen, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Wicked Divas, the Fifth Dimension, Heartland of America Air Force Band, The New Sousa Band and Mannheim Steamroller, in addition to the American and Joffrey Ballet Companies.

Mark has served as Chair of both the Percussive Arts Society’s (PAS) International Composition Contest Committee and the College Affairs Committee with the Iowa Bandmasters Association. He has also been a member of the PAS Education Committee as well as serving as a volunteer field logistics coordinator for Bands of America national marching competitions.

Mark has presented performance/educational clinics at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions in timpani, concert percussion and drum set. He has been awarded the University of California-Berkeley Medal of Honor for Distinguished Musical Performance during its International Music Festival as well as the national “Outstanding Chapter President of the Year Award” in recognition of his service to the Percussive Arts Society.

Mark collects percussion-related instruments from all over the world and frequently incorporates these into his performing as well as in clinics and masterclasses.