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Mark Griffith joined the Houston Symphony in 2004. Before coming to Houston, he was a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the New World Symphony, performing regularly under the baton of conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Mark has also performed with the Honolulu Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, and the National Repertory Orchestra.
Mark is a native Texan, growing up in Dallas, but received his education in various parts of the country.
He did undergraduate music studies at Wheaton College outside of Chicago and earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan. While at Wheaton, he twice won the university's concerto competition, performing marimba concertos by Paul Creston and Jorge Sarmientos. Mark was the recipient of the University of Michigan's prestigious Charlie Owen Memorial Scholarship. His teachers include Alan Abel of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Salvatore Rabbio of the Detroit Symphony, Michael Udow of the Santa Fe Opera, and renowned marimba soloist Leigh Howard Stevens.
Mark's playing can be heard on a growing number of Houston Symphony recordings, as well as those of the New World Symphony. One particularly unique recording features a concerto for electric guitar and orchestra, performed by composer and guitar soloist Steve Mackey with the New World Symphony. In addition to percussion, Mark is trained as a pianist and organist. He and his wife Katherine are the proud parents of son Benjamin and daughter Katie.
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Hear what Mark enjoys most about being a Houstonian.
What do you like most about the Houston Symphony?
Without question, it is the musicians I share the stage with. It is
such a joy to play great orchestral music with a group so powerful and dynamic.
If you weren't a musician, what would you most like to do?
It may seem odd to some, but I have a passion for public transportation. In New York or Washington, I think it's so cool that one can truly live without a car. I would enjoy a career in developing public transportation or high-speed rail.
What are your favorite hobbies?
I have a lot of hobbies, but they are all similar in that they involve
working with my hands. Among my favorites are cooking, aviation, working on our house, and maintaining the car. One of my dreams in life is to build and fly my own airplane.