Biography

Mark Tse is Director of Bands at SUNY Suffolk County Community College, conducting the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble as well as teaching Understanding Music, Basic Musicianship and the History of Rock and Roll.

He is also a doctoral candidate in wind ensemble conducting with Timothy Salzman at the University of Washington. In the 2016 American Prize competition, he won 3rd place for community band wind ensemble conducting and an Honorable Mention for college/university wind ensemble conducting. In 2015, he won 2nd place for college/university wind ensemble conducting. 

Tse holds a Master of Music (wind ensemble conducting) from the New England Conservatory, a Master of Music (music education) from the University of Western Ontario, as well as a Bachelor of Music (music education) and a Bachelor of Education (instrumental music) from the University of Toronto. 

Previous to his graduate studies, Tse taught high school instrumental music for eleven years in the Toronto area, including concert bands, jazz ensembles, and classical guitar classes. Tse served as the Department Head for many of those years. Tse has also led the Sistema Aeolian orchestras, modeled after the El Sistema program of Venezuela that championed free music education for all children, regardless of socioeconomic class. As a teacher, musical outreach was a priority as he forged new connections between area music programs and community bands, championing life-long music making.

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