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Position: Adjunct Instructor of Music - Horn
Campus Phone: 865.471.3331
Campus Box: 72048
Mr. W. Mark Harrell is adjunct horn professor at Carson-Newman University. He is a seventh generation native of Anderson County in East Tennessee. After graduation from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1988 with a degree in music performance, Mr. Harrell spent several years in Boston continuing his studies with Charles Kavalovski of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. While in New England he performed widely as an orchestral musician and also came in contact with the music of composers John Harbison in Boston and Chris DiBlasio in New York.
As a composer Mr. Harrell is primarily self-taught, learning the craft of structure and orchestration from study and practical experience as an active performer. “The language of music is spoken most fluently by those composers who immerse themselves within it, the accent being developed by the composer as his alone. His voice must be comprehensible without being overly simplistic.” Mr. Harrell’s works have been performed widely by a variety of artists. Recent commissions and performances have been given by ensembles such as: Appalachian Ballet, Brasswind Quintet, Carson-Newman University Symphonic Band, East Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble, East Tennessee Youth Wind Ensemble, Knoxville Chamber Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Mountain Empire Wind Ensemble, Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Olympia Symphony Orchestra, Partes Choir of Obninsk (Russia), Slovak State Philharmonic of Kosice (Slovakia), Tennessee Secondary Schools Band Directors Association.
Mr. Harrell lives in Knoxville, Tennessee and serves as the third hornist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Harrell holds a Tennessee teacher’s license and teaches instrumental music in the public schools of Sevier County. He has also taught at East Tennessee State University and Maryville College.