Mr. Mark Stauffer
Mark Stauffer, BM, SAA; is an active performer and teacher throughout eastern Kansas and western Missouri. He is a member of the Kinnor Philharmonic. He formerly performed with the St. Joseph Symphony and the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. He maintains a small private studio in the Kansas City metro area and teaches cello at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School in Joplin, MO.
Mark is a native of Parsons, KS, where he began his music studies at the age of 7 with Margaret Myers and Norma Jean Seaton in the local Suzuki violin program. He switched to the cello at the age of 15. Soon after the switch, he was accepted into the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy to complete his junior and senior years of high school. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri—Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance (UMKC). He was on the faculty of the UMKC Conservatory Community Music and Dance Academy from 2007—2014 where he taught violin and cello and taught in and coordinated the Conservatory in the Schools program. He has continued his pedagogy education with Catherine Walker, Tanya Carey, as well as with input from Carol Tarr and is now registered through Suzuki Book 10.