Born: June 28, 1957
Died: May 12, 2015 Austin, Texas
Country: Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
Studies: University of Nebraska (B.M.1982), University of Texas (M.M.1985, D.M.A.1992)
Mark Schultz was born in 1957 in Seattle, and is a freelance composer and co-editor of the music publishing company JOMAR Press in Austin, Texas. He has received degrees in Music Composition and Theory from The University of Nebraska at Omaha and The University of Texas at Austin where he is now Professor of Composition. Schultz is an extremely active composer and his music has been performed all over the world.
Mark Schultz's music has been programmed consistently and frequently on national and international festivals and conferences, and major performances include the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Florida West Coast Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, and the Omaha Chamber Symphony. Schultz is a perennial recipient of ASCAP Standard Music Awards and was awarded a grant from Arts International Fund for a performance of his music at ICMC Glasgow 1990 in Scotland.
He was the 1992 recipient of the ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Award for The sun, split like spun glass, a setting of three poems by Marianne Moore for soprano and chamber orchestra. He also won the 1988 Omaha Symphony Orchestra New Music Competition for his chamber orchestra work, The Temptation of Saint Anthony. In 1990 Dragons in the Sky for horn, percussion and tape won the International Horn Society Composition Competition prize. That piece has received over four hundred performances worldwide since its premiere by Thomas Bacon in 1989. Schultz received a second award from International Horn Society in 1994 for Podunk Lake for amplified solo horn written for Ellen Campbell.
The music of Mark Schultz is recorded on Summit Records, Centaur, Hard Cor Music and Sunset Music Australia. His latest CD - Voices from Spoon River - was released Jan. 16, 2000 by Summit Records. It contains all of the music commissioned from Schultz by The Golden Horn.
The Sarasota Festival, the Fontana Music Festival, the International Clarinet Association and the International Double Reed Society are among the many places where Mark Schultz has appeared as guest, composer-in-residence, or featured composer, with new works commissioned and performed for each occasion. He has also been a guest lecturer at a number of universities. In addition to commissions, Schultz continues to work in community outreach programs for children, with organizations such as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra ACE program and the Opus 90 chamber ensemble in Palo Alto bringing his brand of user-friendly music to the public schools and other children’s concert venues.
Works for Percussion
Ashfall – Percussion Duo; French Horn; Clarinet
Dragons in the Sky – Multiple Percussion; Tape; Horn
Dragons in the Sky - Orchestra - Multiple Percussion; Horn, Orchestra
Dragons in the Sky - Wind Ensemble - Multiple Percussion; Horn, Wind Ensemble