Mark Tse is completing his doctoral studies in conducting with Timothy Salzman at the University of Washington in Seattle by recommendation of Frank Battisti, where he regularly co-conducts the UW Concert Band (made of non-music majors) and is an assistant conductor to the UW Wind Ensemble, the university's top band. At UW, Tse adjudicates regional festivals, conducts honor bands and masterclass workshops for visiting schools, coordinates the Pacific Northwest Band Festival and managed the 2016 Wind Ensemble trip to Shanghai and Beijing, where he guest conducted the Washington Chamber Brass with the University of Washington Wind Ensemble. He recently won 3rd place and an Honourable Mention with the American Prize competition, for the categories of wind ensemble conducting at the community band and college/university level, respectively; last year he won 2nd place in the area of college/university wind band with only footage from his masters program.
Tse holds a Bachelor of Music (music education) and Bachelor of Education (instrumental music) from the University of Toronto, a Masters of Music (music education) and completed coursework of a Doctorate of Philosophy (music education) from the University of Western Ontario. While at UWO, he wrote and conducted arrangements for the El Sistema Aeolian Orchestras and the UWO Chamber Orchestra, as well as guest conducted the UWO Symphonic Band.
After being chosen by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra to be one of only five workshop participants (through the prestigious Eastman School of Music) to conduct them at a concert, Tse left his doctoral studies to start his Masters of Music (wind ensemble conducting) at the world-renowned New England Conservatory in Boston, under Charles Peltz. While there, he has premiered numerous new works of professional and student composers, and guest conducted the renowned NEC Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds, famous for the commissioning of many wind band classics under then-professor Frank Battisti. Tse also helped organize the College Band Directors National Association's regional conference “Crossing Over”, an exploration of master-musician Gunther Schuller's "Third Stream" music as it pertains to the wind band medium.
Previous to his graduate studies, Tse taught high school instrumental music for 11 years, including band, jazz ensembles, and classical guitar, and served as Department Head for many of those years. As a teacher, musical outreach was a priority as he forged new connections between area music programs and community bands, championing life-long music making. Music education continues to be a passion and expertise of his, for which he was awarded honorary membership into the Kappa Kappa Psi music fraternity.
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