Dr. Mark Elliot Bergman
Bassist, Composer, Educator, Author, and Conductor
Dr. Mark Elliot Bergman is the Director of Strings and Orchestral Studies at Sheridan College where he teaches double bass, composition, music history, and directs the Sheridan College Symphony Orchestra and Sheridan College Viol Consort. He directs the early music ensemble Wyoming Baroque and performs with the Billings Symphony Orchestra. During the summer, he performs with Assisi Performing Arts in Assisi, Italy, and the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon.
Mark has an active background as an orchestral double bassist. He held positions as the Principal Double Bassist of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, and the Mato Grosso Chamber Orchestra in Cuiabá, Brazil. He formerly served as a Professor of Music History and Ensemble Director at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
In 2006, Mark founded Virginia Virtuosi, a string trio dedicated to innovative chamber music programs and arts education. The ensemble maintains a very active performing schedule and won the first Yale University Alumni Ventures Award in 2008. Fairfax Connections recently cited them for “turning classical music cool.” The ensemble received support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts to tour state-wide and performed regionally at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Gallery of Art, George Mason University, Montgomery College, Arts Club of Washington, and other venues. Mark also has extensive experience performing klezmer music throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. He appeared as an on-stage character in Theater J’s 2014 musical adaptation of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s “Yentl the Yeshiva Boy.” His performance on CD companion to Mel Bay’s Easy Klezmer Tunes has been described as “world class.” Mark's has appeared as a baroque double bassist with the Washington Bach Consort, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Wyoming Baroque, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, and other ensembles.
Recital Music in the United Kingdom publishes Mark's compositions. His orchestral works have been performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Mato Grosso Chamber Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and other ensembles. He received the 2011 William Strauss Fellowship from the Arts Council of Fairfax County supporting the creation of Shenandoah Suite, a string trio commemorating the 75th anniversary of the founding of Shenandoah National Park. He was a winner in the second British International Bass Forum Composition Contest (2002) and the Kappa Gamma Psi composition (1990).
Dr. Bergman completed the Doctor of Arts degree from George Mason University in 2015. Cognella Academic Press published his book In The Groove: Form and Function in Popular Music in 2012. Mark lives in Sheridan, Wyoming with his wife Rachel and their children Avi and Zachary.