Mark Dorr 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 been on stage performing as a percussionist with such artists and groups as Dave Brubeck, Harry Connick Jr., Simon Estes, Doc Severinsen, the Fifth Dimension, Heartland of America Air Force Band and Mannheim Steamroller, in addition to the American and Joffrey Ballet Companies. He was awarded the University of California-Berkeley Medal of Honor for Distinguished Musical Performance during its International Music Festival.
As an adjunct instructor of percussion at Waldorf University, Mark’s duties include teaching private lessons. He has previously taught classes and conducted performing ensembles at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Drake University, Grinnell College and Simpson College. Included among his former collegiate conducting experiences were directing symphonic band and chamber music ensembles, percussion ensembles, steel pan/world percussion ensembles and marching band drumlines.
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 hosted six Iowa PAS “Days of Percussion” statewide festivals and through these have created several Iowa educational programs designed specifically for younger percussion students. During his work serving as Iowa PAS Chapter president, Mark was awarded the “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.
Mark can be located in room 14 of the Odvin Hagen Music Building.