Mark Petering has received numerous awards from organizations such as ASCAP, SCI, and the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. He is the winner of the Swan Composer Prize for wind ensemble and winner of the Music Festival of the Hamptons Composition Competition for orchestra. The premiere of his Hamptons’ work Train & Tower after Sibelius made music history as Lukas Foss, the composer, and the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra coordinated the performance with a moving Long Island Rail Road locomotive controlled by the composer. The event was covered by the BBC, NPR, and The New York Times. The work was named a Top 10 All-Time musical composition in Gramophone Magazine for orchestral works evoking railways with Petering at #8 and Berlioz at #9 in the October 2008 edition.
Additionally Petering's Concerto for Clarinet and Strings ("Three Psalms") was awarded an honorable mention in the American Prize Competition and his Lament for Tuba and Orchestra for Aubrey Foard was premiered by the Charlotte Symphony led by Christopher Warren-Green. Following the Charlotte Symphony premiere, Maestro Warren-Green flew to England to conduct the ceremonial music for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding.
Petering’s music has been performed by the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra; the Buffalo Philharmonic; the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra; and the Seattle Philharmonic; and recorded by the Czech National Symphony for Albany Records; and the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra New Music Ensemble and the Fifth House Ensemble for Zebrina Records. His work is also recorded by Frank Almond, Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony and owner of the famous stolen/recovered Stradivarius violin; Jason DePue, First Violin Section of the Philadelphia Orchestra; and internationally-acclaimed Russian accordionist Stas Venglevski. An advocate for community music-making, his free downloads, Solos and Duos Vol. 1 & 2, have received over 25,000 hits on imslp.org.
He 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). Additionally Seth Boustead has featured Petering's work on WFMT. An alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival and School, he has studied with George Tsontakis.
Currently, Petering is Professor of Music at Carthage College, one hour north of Chicago. He 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. In his spare time, he enjoys watercolor and lithography, as well as swimming, basketball and golf.
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