Volume 15, June 2022
Different Strokes: Giambattista Cimador's chamber music arrangement of Mozart's Haffner (no. 35) and Paris (no. 31) Symphonies

by Mark Elliot Bergman

About the Author

Dr. Mark Elliot Bergman is the Director of Strings and Orchestral Studies at Sheridan College. He directs the Sheridan College Symphony Orchestra and the Sheridan College Viol Consort. Additionally, he teaches bass, cello, viola da gamba, electric bass, and composition lessons. In 2018, Mark received the Wyoming Performing Arts Fellowship, recognizing his state-wide contributions as a composer and performer.

Mark is the Assistant Principal Bassist of the Billings Symphony Orchestra, a section bassist with the Britt Festival Orchestra (Oregon), and a chamber musician with Assisi Performing Arts (Italy). He formerly served as the Principal Double Bassist of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Mato Grosso State Orchestra in Cuiabá, Brazil, and the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, the Arts Council of Fairfax County (Virginia) awarded him the Strauss Fellowship for his work as a composer. Cognella Academic Press published his first book, In The Groove: Form and Function in Popular Music, in 2012. His second book, Get Up, Stand Up! Higher Order Thinking in Popular Music Studies was published by Scholars Press (2016). Mark earned his doctorate from George Mason University in 2015. He also holds degrees from Yale University, the Eastman School of Music, and the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Orin O'Brien.