Dr. Mark Elliot Bergman directing the Sheridan College Symphony Orchestra
As an ensemble director, I lead the Sheridan College Symphony Orchestra and the Sheridan College Viol Consort. Our ensembles are true partnerships between students, community members, and faculty. Working with these wonderful musicians is a privilege!
On rare occasions, I have the opportunity to work with my ensembles as a soloist and a conductor! In the Spring of 2021, we needed to reduce the size of our ensembles to 20 or fewer due to safety concerns related to the pandemic. Unable to present the regularly scheduled Beethoven piano concerto, we switched gears and played the Vanhal Concerto for Double Bass!
Mark Elliot Bergman directing the M3E (Mason Modern Music Ensemble) in a performance of Kyle Kindred's Little Dream Spiders on November 21, 2014 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.
I formerly lead the modern music ensemble at George Mason University (M3E). M3E performed music of our time, most of which was written by living composers. In 2014, M3E presented a program at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
I was fortunate to study conducting with very gifted instrumental conductors and educators. These artists include Lawrence Leighton Smith (Yale), Donald Hunsberger (Eastman), and Anthony Maiello (George Mason University). These mentors trained me and helped me develop as an instrumental ensemble leader. I continue to be inspired by their example and use the wisdom and musical perspective I gained on a daily basis.
As an ensemble director, I also lead the Sheridan College Viol Consort. Working with these dynamic students and community members is joy and a privilege!