Conductor’s Corner

Mark Nemoyten is delighted to be working with the dedicated members of the Corte Madera Town Band as Music Director/Conductor. He loves working with adults who play for fun and enjoy the process of improving as musicians and creating a great ensemble sound that is fun to be a part of and enjoyable for our audiences.

Mark has had a long career in the Bay Area as a professional trumpet player, music educator and audio engineer.

Mark’s formal musical training started at the age of six with a weekly music fundamentals class at the Cleveland Institute of Music while his older sister took violin lessons. At age nine his father, William Nemoyten, a music teacher and performer, started him on the cornet. He continued playing in public school music programs through high school, and studied with many excellent private teachers in Ohio, Illinois and eventually California, where he graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance. He studied trumpet with Joseph Alessi at SFSU, and after graduation studied privately with members of the S.F. Symphony and Opera Orchestras, as well as several other prominent performers. While at SFSU he studied both classical and jazz performance, with the idea that survival as a musician required versatility and adaptability to as many different musical settings as possible.

Mark has been solo cornet/trumpet with the Golden Gate Park Band since 1996, held the position of second trumpet with the Napa Valley Symphony for 23 years, and currently performs with a diverse group of Bay Area ensembles, including The Overcommitments, The Mad Maggies, The Starduster Orchestra, Juke Joint, Brass West at the Christmas Revels, and The Echo Chamber Orchestra, among others. His free- lance engagements have led him to perform with the SF Opera and Ballet, the Santa Rosa Symphony and many of the Bay Area’s regional orchestras. He has also performed extensively as a soloist and in chamber music. For a more extensive list of his performing credits please see his web site.

His teaching career includes over 28 years as a public and private school music educator in grades 1 through high school. He received a teaching credential in music from SFSU in 1986 while teaching in five schools in San Francisco and two in Portola Valley. After that first year he taught in Antioch (1 year), West Contra Costa (7 years), Marin (14 years) and currently is semi-retired in his sixth year teaching part time in Albany. He has also taught many private trumpet students of all ages, coached Youth Orchestra sectionals, and given clinics throughout the Bay Area. He is proud that many of his ensembles earned excellent and superior ratings at music festivals, and that many of his former students have continued as professional musicians, music educators, and life-long music lovers.

For information about his audio engineering exploits please see his web site.