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Dr. Mark R. Jelinek
Dr. Mark R. Jelinek
Dr. Mark R. Jelinek, professor of music at Bloomsburg University, observes his 28th year as conductor of the University-Community Orchestra and 21st year as conductor of the University Chamber Orchestra. This season also marks his 20th season as artistic director of the Southwest Symphony in Hobbs, New Mexico.
Dr. Jelinek, a native of Hobbs, New Mexico, holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Arts degree from Eastern New Mexico University, where he studied cello and conducting under Arthur M. Welker. Dr. Jelinek received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University, where he studied cello with Takayori Atsumi and conducting with Eugene Lombardi, Frank Spinosa, and Richard Strange.
Dr. Jelinek conducted the 2012 Pennsylvania All-State Orchestra, District 8 Orchestra Festival and “String Fest,” several District 9 “String Fests,” the 2011 Montgomery County Honors String Orchestra, the Texas Region 6 Orchestra, the Southwest Symphony (Hobbs, NM) twice, the 567th Air Force Band of Cape Cod (cello soloist also), "Weekend for Strings" (University of Northern Colorado), the cello orchestra of the Annual Arizona Cello Symposium (three times), and the American Cello Congress. He has published articles in Yamaha Instruments' New Ways, The American String Teacher, and Band and Orchestra Product News.
Notable guest artists with Dr. Jelinek's orchestra include R. Carlos Nakai, Riders in the Sky, Leslie Parnas, Bob McGrath ("Bob" from Sesame Street), David Wetherill, Donald Portnoy, James Buswell, David Hickman, Edgar Meyer, Jubilant Sykes, Michael Martin Murphey, BJ Thomas, Deborah Henson-Conant, and Gail Williams.
Dr. Jelinek performed in cello sections of orchestras in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania. He played in these orchestras with such notables as Emanuel Ax, Leonard Rose, Erick Friedman, Eugenia Zukerman, Jeffrey Siegel, Gary Burton, Ferrante and Teicher, Steve Allen, Doc Severinsen, Chet Atkins, Empire Brass, Floyd Cramer, Lou Rawls, Smokey Robinson, Andrae Crouch, and the Three Irish Tenors.
Dr. Jelinek’s professional affiliations include PMEA, NAFME, APSCUF, Phi Mu Alpha, and Kappa Kappa Psi.