Mark George

Mark George

Mark George, pianist, president of the Music Institute of Chicago, and past chair of the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of Americas, has enjoyed a unique career making music and connecting people of all kinds to the performing arts.

Dr. George has held faculty positions at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Case Western Reserve University, Mount Union College and the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music. He received a master of music degree from Indiana University in 1985 and a doctor of musical arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1989.

Mark George also led the resurgence of the 2006 Grammy award winning Cleveland Chamber Symphony, an orchestral ensemble completely dedicated to the music of our time. His board level leadership, striking performances as a pianist, and inventive programming ideas have re-established the ensemble as a major force in contemporary music.

Music Institute of Chicago and Roosevelt University to Offer Suzuki Pedagogy Program

Music Institute of Chicago and Roosevelt University to Offer Suzuki Pedagogy Program

Interview Erin Keefe

November 14, 2015 by Mark George

Among the many delights to be had at the upcoming SAA Conference in Minneapolis is a performance by the Minnesota Orchestra with violin soloist Erin Keefe. The New York Times called Erin Keefe “an impressive violin soloist,” but that is… Read more ▶

Music and Social Responsibility

June 17, 2015 by Mark George

Do musicians have a special responsibility to serve their community? This is a question I have asked myself throughout my more than thirty year career as a musician, music teacher and arts administrator. Music is a language that is at once… Read more ▶

Memorial Playin for Michele Higa George Remarks by Mark George

Memorial Play-in for Michele Higa George: Remarks by Mark George

Suzuki Star Power Annual Fund Drive 2012

December 14, 2012 by Mark George

The Suzuki Association of the Americas builds the infrastructure that makes it possible for Suzuki Education to flourish in the Americas. The SAA is strong because of visionary and supportive people like you. Please consider making a contribution to the SAA annual fund to continue our important work. Read more ▶

Board Nominations

October 15, 2010 by Mark George

Dear Friends and Colleagues: The Board of Directors of the SAA is seeking nominees for board service. We would like to ask you to consider who among your colleagues and associates you like to see involved in shaping the future of… Read more ▶

2010 Conference Closing Remarks

July 26, 2010 by Mark George

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Annual Meeting 2009

April 6, 2009 by Lamar Blum, Pam Brasch, Teri Einfeldt, Ruth Engle Larner, Christie Felsing, Mark George, Marilyn Kesler, Carol Ourada, Diane Schroeder, Beth Titterington

The 2009 Annual Membership Meeting was broadcast live on the web on April 4th, 2009 from the SAA office in Boulder, Colorado. It features the new teacher development video “A Suzuki Teacher’s Pledge”, a tour of the SAA office, and… Read more ▶


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