GRSS Music Director

Mark Emerson

Mark Emerson, Grande Ronde Student Symphony Music Director

Mark Emerson is the conductor and music director of the Grande Ronde Student Symphony. He received his Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Oregon, his Orff Schulwerk Levels I – III from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, his Orff Schulwerk Masters Certificate from the University of Memphis, and his Master of Arts from Hope International University.  He has extensive performing experience in classical music, recording sessions, and stage shows.  Moving from the Willamette Valley to the Los Angeles area, where he lived for over twenty years, he performed with twelve symphonies including the Huntington Beach Symphony, Beach Cities Symphony, Marina Symphony, and the Torrance Symphony.  His work in the recording industry includes collaboration with John Pattitucci (Chic Corea), JD Maness (Eric Clapton), Ry Cooder (Neil Young), Chris Julian (Grammy nominated, multi-platinum producer), and Richard Sherman (Disney film composer – Mary Poppins, Winnie the Pooh) among others.   Additional achievements include presenter at the Music Educators International Convention with an Orff/Recorder ensemble, winner of the Presidential Scholarship, and the Ruth Lorraine Close Scholarship Award.

Currently he is the principal Timpanist/Percussionist with the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra, also drummer/percussionist for many groups in the area, owner/operator of Emerson Music Arts which offers private lessons, baby/toddler music classes, half-day music camps, and summer music camps.

Through his current company, Emerson Music Arts, Mark is bringing his own personal style to the Orff teaching method and now combining this expertise as Music Director of the Grande Ronde Student Symphony.

Stay tuned for more information on the student symphony—how to get involved; how you might help in building our numbers; practice; and performance schedule.