Mark Arnest - Resume

Music Experience / Writing & Publishing Experience / Education

Music Experience


Complete Scores: In-a-Gadda-da-Ballgame, for theater organ, performed at "Body Packaging 3: Identity Crisis" (2003); Theme and Meditations, for chamber orchestra (2001), performed October 2001 by the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Thomas Wilson, conductor. Currently working on Iron & Gold, a musical centering on 19th Century robber barons, railroads, and labor. The first scene was performed at Colorado College's Vocal Arts Symposium, August 2000; two additional songs were performed in August 1999 at Colorado College's New Music Symposium; All About Love (1997-98), 95-minute Broadway-style adaptation of Plato's Symposium, produced by University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Theatreworks. Film score to independent film Massacres (1992). Also for Theatreworks: Incidental music to The Winter's Tale (1992); Pericles (1991); Road to Mecca (1990); Eleemosynary (1989-90). Also orchestrated, performed and recorded these scores. String quartet, In Memoriam S.J., for Da Vinci Quartet (1990-91 season). Improvised score for Open Egg Theater's Son of Dada Circus (1991).

Partial Scores/Arrangements: Performed and recorded music for Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration (1993); arranged '50s Rock and Roll tunes for Colorado Springs Symphony for Flash Cadillac pops concert (1992+); composed, arranged, performed and recorded music for CU-CS Theatreworks' The Glass Menagerie (1992); Fine Arts Center's Wind in the Willows (1991) and Open Egg Theater's Scrambled Shakespeare (1992); composed music for play-within-a-play in CU-CS Theatreworks' Hamlet (1989).

Publications: "Josef Hofmann's Controversial Playing on 'Live' Recordings," liner notes to Marston 52037-2 (2003); "Egon Petri Remembered" (co-written with Gordon Rumson), and "Egon Petri: The Complete Recordings," in International Piano, March/April 2003; "Serge Prokofiev: The Composer as Interpreter," in Three Oranges Journal, May 2002; "Why Couldn't They Play With Their Hands Together?," a paper on romantic piano interpretation, in the Friends of Gunnar Johansen Newsletter, Issue #2 (Summer 1998), published by Sikesdi Press.

Music Director: Open Egg Theatre/Studio: Kill Ugly Radio (1994); Cabaret Dada (1992). For CU-CS Theatreworks: Marat/Sade (1990);Monkey Business (1988). Also composed and performed incidental music for these shows.

Writer/Producer of Radio Program: The Golden Age of Pianism, KCME FM, Colorado Springs, 1988-1991. Researched, wrote and produced weekly radio program on history of recorded classical pianism from the turn of the century until the 1950s in 100 hour-long episodes.

Ballpark Organist: Colorado Springs Sky Sox, AAA Pacific Coast League team, 1988-1990. Played national anthems, entertained between innings/during delays, whipped crowd into frenzy, mocked opposing pitchers, etc.

Pianist: Active, experienced classical soloist (semifinalist in the 2004 and 2000 Rocky Mountain Amateur Piano Competition, organized by Amateur Pianists International); accompanist for recitals, dance classes and silent movies; rehearsal and pit pianist for music theater. Have been jazz pianist in small groups, a big band, and in the cocktail lounge of New York City's Parker-Meridien Hotel.

Studio Musician: Acoustic Projections, June 1985-1994. Composer/Arranger/Performer at professional digital/analog recording studio. Extensive digital editing, digital and analog mixing. Have collaborated on an album (Steve Earnshaw's Visions of the Kingdom, 1993), songs, jingles, background music, and a television score. Currently working in home studio.

Miscellaneous Music Experience: Judge for Pikes Peak Young Composers' Competition (2001-2004). Faculty member for Pikes Peak Young Composers Workshop (2003-2004). Panelist at Colorado College's New Music Symposium (1999). Guest lecturer/performer at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Colorado Technical College (1997-2003). Narrator in Mr. Smith's Composition, The Orchestra Games, and Peter and the Wolf with the Colorado Springs Symphony (1997, 2000, 2002), and The Orchestra Games and Mr. Smith's Bowl of Notes with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic (2003-2004); copyist, Colorado Springs Symphony, 1992; music tutor, Hunter College, 1981-82 (theory, species counterpoint, solfege, ear-training); guitarist/vibraphonist with Boulder Jazz Workshop, 1976-80; program note writer for Chautauqua Music Festival (Boulder, CO), 1981, and University of Colorado Artist Series, 1979-80.

Experienced in music software: MIDI and digital recording, digital signal processing, and notation.


Writing & Publishing Experience

Colorado Springs Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO: January 1993-present. Arts writer for daily paper (circulation approximately 100,000/daily, 120,000/Sunday). Write previews, features, and reviews on classical music, theater, and art. My work used to be online regularly at the Gazette's website. However, it is now available online only to online subscribers.

Awards and honors: 2002 first place and 1999 honorable mention from the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors for Arts and Entertainment Criticism (newspapers with 75,001-175,000 circulation); 1999 third place award from the Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for Arts Reporting; Gazette awards for "Symphony Orchestras Struggling Everywhere," January 2003, "Reader's Choice" for January 2002 ("Classical Music 101"), "Best Customer Service" for May 2001 ("What Price Art," about why original art costs what it does); "Reader's Choice" for August 2000 (article on commercial artist Thomas Kinkade); "Reader's Choice" for July 1999 (article on local public sculpture program); "Feature Article of the Month" for May 1999 (profile of architect Elizabeth Wright Ingraham); as a member of the "Go!" staff, Gazette "Editor's Choice" for June 1999 and April 2001 (production of "Best of the Springs" issue).

Playwright: With Lauren Arnest, writer of "Maynard Dines In," a full-length farce (premiere, Maverick Players, July 2002); "Failing Consumption," a 20-minute black comedy (premiere, Manitou Art Theatre, March 2003); and "Princess," a 10-minute black comedy.

Shepard's/McGraw-Hill, Colorado Springs, CO

June 1992-March 1996. Supplement Editor for legal publisher. Prepare manuscripts (both electronic and paper) from materials provided by the author and edit them for sense and style. Extensive computer use, including responsibility for preparing electronic versions of several forms-on-disk products.

Nov. 1989-June 1992. Production Assistant. Responsibilities included estimating typeset length of manuscript, coding manuscript for typesetting, reviewing proofs and finals, archiving completed titles.

Service Typographers, Colorado Springs, CO: January 1989-November 1989. Proofreader/Quality Control/Account Representative for typographer. Responsibilities included proofreading, checking completed jobs for errors. Extensive knowledge of typography and typefaces required. Frequently edited and wrote type specifications for jobs.

Nova Typography, Colorado Springs, CO: September 1985-March 1988. Typesetter/Proofreader/Camera Operator at a typehouse that specialized in advertising work on tight deadlines. Operated Varityper Comp/Edit 6400. Job required knowledge of all aspects of typography and camera, plus editing and occasional copywriting.



University of Colorado, Boulder, CO: BMus, 1980. Majors: Piano Performance, Piano Pedagogy. Minors: Composition, Music Theory. Additional undergraduate courses at Colorado College and the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford.

Hunter College, CUNY, New York, NY: Graduate study in Music History. Master's thesis: "Godowsky as Transcriber." Additional graduate courses at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Private piano studies with Walter Hautzig of the Peabody Conservatory and Edith Oppens of the Mannes School of Music.

Computer literate on both IBM and Macintosh in a wide variety of applications: music, word processing, web page design, relational databases, etc.

Other Interests: History, philosophy, literature, baseball, cooking. References, tape available on request.


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