Mark Boozer, Associate Professor, Coordinator of Piano Studies, Pianist
Mark Boozer, pianist and Associate Professor, has received acclaim for his sensitivity, passion, and authority as a performer, his interpretations and advocacy of the music of William Grant Still, and his performances of works by composers from the African Diaspora as well as his mastery of standard repertoire. His commitment to artistic excellence has resulted in coast-to-coast performances in the United States, numerous concert premieres, and performances at the international level. These include the William Grant Still International Conference at the University of Northern Arizona, the historic international conference on African pianism at the University of Pittsburgh, the 2001 American premiere of Gyimah Labi’s (Ghana) Symphony Concertante: Baptism By Fire for 3 Pianos and Orchestra with members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and a major recital at the International Festival and Symposium on Composition in Africa and the Diaspora at the University of Cambridge, England. His CD recording, William Grant Still Piano Music, released internationally in 2005 on the prestigious Naxos label, has been heard around the globe in more than 60 countries. Radio broadcasts of his performances have aired in Australia, Canada, England, and the United States, among others.
His faculty recitals at CAU and recitals elsewhere are consistently characterized by high caliber, demanding repertoire. Recent projects have included exclusive programs performed in celebration of the bicentennials of the births of Chopin, Schumann, and Franz Liszt. Further credits include broadcasts on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, performances in Atlanta’s Fox Theater, Charleston, South Carolina’s Dock Street Theater, San Francisco’s City Hall, and his serving as guest artist for the DeBose National Piano Competition in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has also enjoyed productive relationships with numerous living composers and successful collaborations with outstanding artists like William Warfield, the late legendary baritone.Prof. Boozer received the Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance, Honors Program, magna cum laude, from Ball State University in Indiana, and the Master of Music Degree in both Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Northwestern University in Illinois. His professional teachers and coaches included Jean Charles Kohler at Ball State, John Browning, Gui Mombaerts, and Robert Weirich at Northwestern, and additional private study and coaching with Michel Block at Indiana University.