Mark Dundore

Mark Dundore

is creating Music

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Hey there, everyone!

I'm a composer and multi-instrumentalist who's getting back into music as a professional vocation after years of putting it on the back burner as a hobby.

Before attending college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (BA in Music, Cum Laude, 2011), I realized that my personality wasn't suited to a career in classroom music education or solo performance...so what attracted me to music?

Sitting in the back of the band playing the tuba, I had a whole lot of time to listen to the layers of music that surrounded me; the tone qualities and timbres of the instruments, and the lines and layers in a score. Standing in the middle of a choir, I thought about how the vocal lines interacted. I realized that I wanted to be the guy who put the lines in the score and the notes on the page. I wanted to be a composer!

Having had theory training in high school, I spent my undergraduate years learning advanced concepts: counterpoint, post-tonal music, and orchestration. Most of my work was written for brass, and while some pieces were rejected for being too radical and some for being too conservative, I gained a reputation as someone who knew how to write instrumental and vocal parts correctly. Inspiration, however, was something I needed; one can learn to be a craftsman rather quickly, but it takes a much longer time, coupled with a reach into one's own soul, to develop into an ARTIST. I'm still getting there.

To make a long story short, I moved back to Harrisburg after dropping out of graduate school, during which time I worked three jobs and played in several different musical ensembles, while having two chamber pieces published and recording two more. Currently, I work as a private instructor of piano and voice and participate in several local ensembles as a tuba player or vocalist. After some time, I realized that I needed to get my inspiration back and make music my full-time endeavor.

I would like nothing more than to describe myself as a "musician's musician," but I'm just a guy who wants to create, pay his expenses, and make a living. Thank you for listening and contributing!

Have fun!
Tiers
Tier 1
$5 or more per month
  • YOUR NAME listed as a contributor on printed editions
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Sneak peek photos of upcoming releases
  • Patron-only polls
Tier A
$10 or more per month
  • Receive an AUTOGRAPHED edition of each score printed!
  • MP3 recording of each piece released
  • Plus all previous rewards
First Tier
$25 or more per month
  • Receive access to unpublished drafts, and the opportunity to offer creative input to the composer!
  • Plus all previous rewards
Lead Tier
$40 or more per month only 15 left

  • Personalized song/video message
  • Plus all previous rewards
Principal Tier
$50 or more per month only 10 left
  • SKYPE lesson from the composer!
  • Plus all previous rewards
Goals
$1 of $500 per month
Once I reach $500 in patron donations, I will be able to start putting money toward a new bass trombone and accessories, as I've been covering expenses along the way.

Don't worry! There WILL be recordings...
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Hey there, everyone!

I'm a composer and multi-instrumentalist who's getting back into music as a professional vocation after years of putting it on the back burner as a hobby.

Before attending college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (BA in Music, Cum Laude, 2011), I realized that my personality wasn't suited to a career in classroom music education or solo performance...so what attracted me to music?

Sitting in the back of the band playing the tuba, I had a whole lot of time to listen to the layers of music that surrounded me; the tone qualities and timbres of the instruments, and the lines and layers in a score. Standing in the middle of a choir, I thought about how the vocal lines interacted. I realized that I wanted to be the guy who put the lines in the score and the notes on the page. I wanted to be a composer!

Having had theory training in high school, I spent my undergraduate years learning advanced concepts: counterpoint, post-tonal music, and orchestration. Most of my work was written for brass, and while some pieces were rejected for being too radical and some for being too conservative, I gained a reputation as someone who knew how to write instrumental and vocal parts correctly. Inspiration, however, was something I needed; one can learn to be a craftsman rather quickly, but it takes a much longer time, coupled with a reach into one's own soul, to develop into an ARTIST. I'm still getting there.

To make a long story short, I moved back to Harrisburg after dropping out of graduate school, during which time I worked three jobs and played in several different musical ensembles, while having two chamber pieces published and recording two more. Currently, I work as a private instructor of piano and voice and participate in several local ensembles as a tuba player or vocalist. After some time, I realized that I needed to get my inspiration back and make music my full-time endeavor.

I would like nothing more than to describe myself as a "musician's musician," but I'm just a guy who wants to create, pay his expenses, and make a living. Thank you for listening and contributing!

Have fun!

Recent posts by Mark Dundore

Tiers
Tier 1
$5 or more per month
  • YOUR NAME listed as a contributor on printed editions
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Sneak peek photos of upcoming releases
  • Patron-only polls
Tier A
$10 or more per month
  • Receive an AUTOGRAPHED edition of each score printed!
  • MP3 recording of each piece released
  • Plus all previous rewards
First Tier
$25 or more per month
  • Receive access to unpublished drafts, and the opportunity to offer creative input to the composer!
  • Plus all previous rewards
Lead Tier
$40 or more per month only 15 left

  • Personalized song/video message
  • Plus all previous rewards
Principal Tier
$50 or more per month only 10 left
  • SKYPE lesson from the composer!
  • Plus all previous rewards