Instructor of Applied Piano, Adjunct Faculty in Music, Collaborative Pianist
B.M in Piano Performance from Bowling Green University
- M.M. in Piano Performance from Kent State University
Pianist Mark Greer, a native of Akron, Ohio, completed his Master of Music Degree in piano performance at Kent State University, and his Bachelor of Music Degree, magna cum laude, from Bowling Green State University. His major teachers include Paul Alberts, Laura Melton, Jane Solose, and Jerry Wong. Awards and honors include 1st Prize in the state finals of the OMTA Collegiate Buckeye Competition, Prizewinner at the Tuesday Musical Competition, Honors in the 2004 and 2006 OMTA Graves Young Artist Competitions, Finalist in the Bowling Green University Piano Concerto and the Marjorie Conrad Art Song Competitions, and was the recipient of the College of Music’s Steve Vun Cannon Memorial Award.
He has performed in a wide array of venues, include his Weill Recital Hall debut at Carnegie Hall, Waterside Hall (Vermont), Bundy Art Gallery (Waitsfield, VT), Blossom Music Center, E.J. Thomas Hall, Bryan Recital Hall (BGSU), Ludwig Recital Hall (KSU), Guzzetta Hall (University of Akron), First Night Akron, Friends of Music Concert Series, and the Akron Public Library. Greer made his orchestral debut with the Heiligenstadt Chamber Orchestra in 2008, an ensemble with which he will collaborate in concerto performances this coming season in 2014. In 2004, Greer was the only American pianist selected to perform on the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Steinway Dedication Concert. He has been featured with live performances on Vermont Public Radio. Greer has given presentations on the late Beethoven piano sonatas, Beethoven’s Op. 31 piano sonatas, Haydn piano sonatas and variations, and the piano music of Samuel Barber. He has participated in masterclasses with Nelita True, Spencer Myer, Enrico Elisi, Kate Boyd, Lambis Vassiliadis, and Virginia Marks. This year, he will commence coaching with renowned pianist and teacher, Seymour Bernstein.
In addition to piano, Greer is an accomplished composer, having been a two-time national prizewinner in the NFMC Composers Contest where he received the Olga Klein Nelson Chamber Music Award for his piece, Trois Spectacles. Other awards include: Prizewinner in the OMTA Collegiate Composers contest, Honors in the Cleveland Chamber Symphony’s High School Composers Contest, two-time winner of the Ralph Gilman Composers Award, and a four-time winner of Akron’s Scholastic Composers Contest. His orchestral work, Aspect of a Mood was premiered by the Akron Youth Symphony under Eric Benjamin, an orchestra in which he served as principal bassist.
During his undergraduate studies at BGSU, Greer taught private and group piano lessons as part of the Creative Arts Program, a local music education program for children and adults. He was twice the President of the Collegiate MTNA Chapter, organizing seminars on memorization, performance and pedagogical techniques, and the Alexander Technique. He is currently the music director at One Family Under Guard Worship Center in Akron, Ohio, and formerly served as organist at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Cuyahoga Falls. An avid writer, Greer maintains an active private studio in the greater Akron area.
- MUS 153 - Keyboard Harmony I
- MUS 154 - Keyboard Harmony II
- MUS 253 - Keyboard Harmony III
- Applied Piano