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Mark Berger, Adjunct Professor of Music, explains a concept to students in his "Music Theory" class.
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Mark Berger
Music
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Take Note Music Department Offers Something for Everyone
MCC Moment: As I finished the final roaring chords of Shubert's "Impromptu No. 2," at the end of the
solo-piano concert I gave at Middlesex, I bowed to the wildly applauding audience and walked off stage.
To my surprise and utter exhilaration the applause did not diminish! So, I was bound by tradition to
go out and bow again. I will always treasure that moment and believe it will be among the proudest
moments of my life.
Future Plans: I want to continue composing and performing music while pursuing a computer science
degree from a four-year university.
Mark Berger has been
playing music since
before he can remember
starting at age 3, when
his parents signed him
up for violin lessons.
"I think it was a way to keep me busy while my
sister took piano lessons," Berger joked. But those
lessons were the beginning of a very successful
music career.
As a professional violinist and violist, Berger
has played with a variety of elite ensembles in
the Boston area, including the Boston Symphony
Orchestra, The Boston Orchestra Project, and the
Boston Lyric Opera. In addition to working as a
freelance musician, Berger is an avid chamber
musician, music instructor, and an award-winning
composer.
"I've always been a bit of a tinkerer with
music," he said. "But I actually started
composing very late." It wasn't until the last
semester of his undergraduate studies at
Boston University (BU), that he took a course
in musical composition. "I wrote a piece for violin
and piano, and had the opportunity to perform it for
the first time in front of an audience. It was a very
different and rewarding experience."
Since then, Berger has continued to compose,
gaining national recognition for his work. He won
the top prize in the 2009 League of Composers/
ISCM Composers' Competition. Most Recently,
he was selected as one of five finalists in the 2013
Rapido! Competition, a 14-day composition contest
founded by the Atlanta Chamber Players to promote
new chamber-music compositions.
In 2005, Berger began teaching at Middlesex.
"Teaching helps me reinforce my own skills and
challenges me to find different ways to connect
with students." He also teaches at Boston College,
Brandeis University and online courses with BU.
At MCC, Berger teaches "Music Theory" and "Music
Technology." "Electronic music and music technol-
ogy are fascinating for me because they are outside
my normal sphere of musical experience. I have to
keep up with what is current and evolve to meet
the demands of students and keep up with the
changes in music consumption in general."
Although performing, composing and teaching all
add up to a very busy schedule, Berger really enjoys
teaching. "There is something very satisfying about
passing on skills to younger generations."
Tura Linderholm
STUDENT
Spotlight
Hometown:
North Billerica
MCC Moment: As I finished the final roaring chords of Shubert's "Impromptu No. 2," at the end of the
solo-piano concert I gave at Middlesex, I bowed to the wildly applauding audience and walked off stage.
To my surprise and utter exhilaration the applause did not diminish! So, I was bound by tradition to
go out and bow again. I will always treasure that moment and believe it will be among the proudest
moments of my life.
Future Plans: I want to continue composing and performing music while pursuing a computer science
degree from a four-year university.
James Kuczynski
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Performing Arts/Music Concentration and Computer Science