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Mark Carlson is an Assistant Professor of Music at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland where he teaches music history courses and applied low brass. He also directs the Mount Saint Mary's University Wind Ensemble, DuBois Chamber Players, Jazz Lab Band and the Mountaineers Pep Band. He has earned a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an Advanced Degree in Music Performance from the Oulun Seudun Ammattikorkeakoulu in Finland, and a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University in Music Performance and Music Technology.

Since 2008 Dr. Carlson has been a member of the acclaimed Sotto Voce Quartet, a group that performs and travels extensively. He has performed as a soloist, clinician, and chamber musician domestically and abroad. His primary instruments include euphonium, trombone, and baritone horn. He has studied with Joseph Goble, Bruce Briney, Rex Martin, Jukka Myllys, and John Stevens.

He has held positions at Richland College in Dallas, Texas, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison library. His skills as a live recording engineer were put to use at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on the campus of Northwestern Univeristy and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music, where he managed the recording studio.

Dr. Carlson was a winner of the University of Wisconsin-Madison concerto competition in 2006, and placed first in the Tubonium Solo Euphonium competition in 2007. He was runner up at the prestigious LIeksa Brass Week International Euphonium competition in 2003. He is a Miraphone performing artist and performs on the Miraphone 5050 "Ambassador" model euphonium with a Warburton "DT" mouthpiece.

Dr. Carlson is an active reseacher especially in the area of Italian and Italianate baroque performance practice which was an aspect of his dissertation regarding the sonatas of Benedetto Marcello. Other areas of interest include Scandanivian music and the role of the Catholic imagination in the formation of 20th century music.