Mark A. Anderson
Director of Music Ministry
A native of Montana, Mark Anderson began serving as the Director of Music Ministry at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in September 2011.
Previously, he served as Organist/Choirmaster at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill (Philadelphia) for fifteen years, in addition to holding prior church positions in New York, Kentucky, Texas, and California.
The first director of the Pennsylvania Girlchoir of Philadelphia, Mr. Anderson also is the founder and past director of the San Marino National Organ Competition, the San Marino Music and Arts program, and the Westminster Choir College Middle School Vocal Camp. He was for several years the director of the Westminster Choir College Summer Organ Week for High School Students and is a past-Dean of the Philadelphia Chapter of The American Guild of Organists.
Mr. Anderson has won awards for both his choral compositions and hymns, including the AGO/Concordia University Composition Award for a hymn written in conjunction with Cynthia A. Jarvis, in honor of the dedication of the new Mander organ at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. He is published by Augsburg Fortress Press.
Mr. Anderson studied at Westminster Choir College, Indiana University, and The Eastman School of Music. His primary teachers have been David Craighead and Donald McDonald (organ), Joseph Flummerfelt and Robert Porco (conducting), and Elisabeth Wright (harpsichord). He has taught at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, Centre College of Kentucky in Danville, and Austin Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas.
An active recitalist and hailed by music critic Jon Asgeirsson as “excellent … technically well-grounded and elegant in playing and interpretation,” Mr. Anderson has presented recitals and master classes throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Germany, Iceland, and Japan. Performances, both live and recorded, have been broadcast on the BBC and NPR. He received top reviews in the Reykjavik Morgunbladid, which referred to his playing at the monumental Hallgrimskirk as “precise and insightful, elegant.”
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