Director for Music Theory and Composition & Jazz Studies Faculty, Shepherd University
Mark Andrew Cook serves as the Director for Music Theory and Composition in the School of Music at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. He is also a member of the Jazz Studies faculty and the pianist for the SU Faculty Jazz Group.
Dr. Cook was promoted to Full Professor of Music in May of 2017.
Also in 2017, Dr. Cook was extended the honor to be nominated and inducted in the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Prior to his appointment at Shepherd University, he taught Music Theory and Aural Skills courses at The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music of The Catholic University of America. Additionally, he served as the Director of the Jazz Ensemble.
He was an Adjunct Instructor in Music Theory and Aural Skills at Towson University and was an Associate Professor of Music at Montgomery College, teaching theory subjects, Jazz studies subjects, and (at various times) serving as the Conductor for the Jazz Ensemble, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and, lastly, as Music Director and Conductor for the Montgomery College Symphony Orchestra.
He was the Associate Director for Maryland Jazz Educators Summer Jazz Consortium, having previously served as Director (1990-2001), Associate Director (2002-2017), and was a Clinician/Faculty member from 1984-2017.
Dr. Cook served as host for Jamey Aebersold’s two-day “Anyone Can Improvise” workshop from 1990-1998.
He served as the Director for the Shepherd University Summer Jazz Camp and “JV” Summer Jazz and has since become a clinician/faculty member.
For three years, he served as Choirmaster and Director of Music Liturgy for St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Laytonsville, MD. He and his wife Helen are members of the Chancel Choir at St. John's Episcopal Parish, Hagerstown, Maryland
Dr. Cook is an Honorary inducted member into Phi Mu Alpha, Xi Epsilon Chapter, the National Men's Music Fraternity.
He is an Honorary member of Sigma Alpha Iota, Eta Tau Chapter, the National Woman's Music Sorority.
He serves as Faculty Advisor to both organizations.
Dr. Cook also serves as Faculty Advisor for the School of Music Student Chapter of The Society of Composers.
He performs throughout the country, and is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator.