University of Wyoming
Billings Symphony Orchestra
Mark Soueidi, Adjunct Professor of Trombone, University of Wyoming.
Mark Soueidi joined the University of Wyoming Music Faculty fall of 2012, teaching trombone/low brass, conducting the UW Trombone Company, and ensemble comprised of students in the studio, as well as performing with the faculty brass quintet. Originally from Montana, Mark studied with Lance Boyd at the University of Montana, earning his Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance. His orchestral experiences in Montana began early on with performances with the Billings, Bozeman, and Glacier Symphony Orchestras as well as a four-year appointment with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra as an undergraduate. Mark continued his studies with Frank Crisafulli and Michael Mulcahy at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where he earned a Masters in Music and enjoyed performing under the direction of renown conductor, John Paynter. Most recently, Mark won the Principal Trombone position with the Billings Symphony Orchestra - a position his former teacher, Jim Robertson, held for 28 years.
Following his grad studies, Mark remained in the Chicago area, pursuing a professional, freelance career, playing regularly with a number of orchestras, including the Chicago Sinfonietta, Civic Orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Philharmonic, Rockford, Elgin, and Elmhurst Symphony Orchestras in addition to performances with the Chicago Brass Ensemble and Millar Brass, under the direction of trumpet great, Vincent Cichowicz. He also enjoyed big band work with the Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. In addition to his busy work performing throughout Chicago, Mark also maintained a studio of low brass students for well over 10 years. Mark returned to Montana in the summer of 2012 to work with the faculty at the Red Lodge Music Festival, under the direction of Billings’ teacher, Steve Patton. Mark has also collaborated with Patton in the growing Arts without Boundaries Program.
When Mark’s not spending time with his family, he can be found cycling or “teaching” bicycles in the local shop. His passion for bicycles included leadership positions in both the non-profit group, BikeNet, and the Billings Chamber of Commerce, working to further develop an effective bicycle infrastructure in the community.