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  Mark A. Harbold

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Dr. Mark A. Harbold, composer, author, teacher, software developer, and performing musician, is currently Professor of Music at Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL. Born in Illinois, he grew up in Wisconsin. Before coming to Elmhurst, he pursued his career in music teaching at colleges and universities in Buffalo, NY, Milwaukee, WI, Rochester, NY, and Northfield, MN.
  • India has emerged as a source of great fascination and growing interest for Dr. Harbold in recent years. Starting with a Niebuhr Center Grant that funded a trip to India with Dr. Paul Parker’s Peoples and Religions of India course in 2005, Harbold has visited India many times, published materials on Indian music, and facilitated Indian music concerts and courses at Elmhurst College. Some highlights include:
    • A January 2015 visit to Chennai, Thanjavur, and Bangalore laid the groundwork for an upcoming course, From the Big Temples to the Silver Screen: The Music of South India (visit the course website).
    • A January 2012 visit to Chennai, Thanjavur, and Bangalore laid the groundwork for the 2013 Indian Art and Music course with Prof. Lynn Hill (visit the course website).
    • In 2011, Harbold’s contacts with Indian musicians bore fruit for Elmhurst College:
      • Pt. Nagarajrao Havaldar of Bangalore came to Elmhurst College to teach an upper-level course on Indian Music and private lessons in Hindustani classical music.
      • After several years of campus visits, Srinivas Krishnan (from Miami University of Ohio and K.M. Music Conservatory, Chennai) worked with Prof. Joanne May to coordinate the first-ever World Music Festival at Elmhurst College (now in its fifth year!).
    • December 2010 found him in India as a “groupie” for the Swara Nada Yatra Tablaphilia Tour in Karnataka co-led by Pandits Nagarajrao Havaldar and Samir Chatterjee.
    • A January 2010 UMAIE course, Indian Art and Music, took 16 students to the famous Tyagaraja Festival in Tiruvaiyaru, December Season concerts in Chennai, cave temples in Ajanta and Ellora, and historic sites in Thanjavur, Mamallapuram, Agra, and Delhi (visit our course website).
    • In 2009 Harbold was honored to do a four-month stint as Visiting Professor at Madras Christian College (visit my blog!).
    • In 2008, Harbold was accepted to the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute in India—Bharata Darshan: Past and Present in the Study of Indian History and Culture, an extraordinary study experience with world-class scholars such as Romila Thapar in Shimla, Delhi, and Agra.
    • A January 2007 UMAIE course in India, Indian Music, Religions, and Culture, took 23 students to the famous Tyagaraja Festival in Tiruvaiyaru, December Season concerts in Chennai, and historic sites in Thanjavur, Mamallapuram, Jaipur, Agra, and Delhi (visit our course blog!).
    • A 2006 UMAIE Faculty Travel Grant that took him to Chennai, Thanjavur, Tiruvaiyaru, and Jaipur where he made contacts with Indian musicians and scholars.
  • Dr. Harbold’s activities as an writer have ranged from music criticism to scholarly presentations to pedagogical materials. His most substantial publications are seven editions of the Instructor’s Resource Manual to Accompany LISTEN. Most recent is his Eighth Edition, published by Macmillan as an ebook in 2015. His comprehensive set of PowerPoint lectures to accompany LISTEN Fifth Edition were published by Bedford/St. Martin’s in 2005. (These materials were written to support Joseph Kerman’s & Gary Tomlinson’s LISTEN, the prominent music appreciation textbook.)
  • Dr. Harbold earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Music Composition at the State University of New York at Buffalo (now University of Buffalo) and a B.Mus. in Theory and Composition at St. Olaf College. He studied with Morton Feldman, Lejaren Hiller, Betsy Jolas, Leo Smit, Francis Miroglio, Wlodzimierz Kotonski, and Arthur Campbell. Recent works include a piano accompaniment for the Capuzzi Concerto for Double Bass in F Major and continuo realizations (keyboard accompaniments) for Rameau’s Tambourin and Marcello’s Sonata in G Major, published in Volume 5 of the Suzuki Bass School (Alfred Publishing, 2012). His works have been performed by the Elmhurst College Concert Choir, St. Olaf Contemporary Ensemble, St. Olaf Dance Ensemble, SUNY/Buffalo Composers Forum, Bach Chamber Choir, Wisconsin Baptist Festival Choir, and church choirs around the country.
  • Since 1988 Dr. Harbold has taught courses in music theory, history, composition, technology, appreciation, and Indian music at Elmhurst College. He supervises the music history program, is one of the coordinators for theory and compostion programs, and played a major role bringing technology into the music program. His technology initiatives include the infusion of computer literacy components into the music major and the development of multimedia classrooms, new technology courses, a music notation/listening lab, and the MIDI Lab (supervised for many years by Mark Streder, and recently replaced by Dr. Gerhard Guter’s digital music lab). Partly in recognition of these activities, Dr. Harbold received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1994.
  • Dr. Harbold developed a variety of software teaching tools for his courses from 1991-2005. For many years, he used HyperCard® and Director® platforms for classroom presentations and student assignments. Currently, Harbold uses various multimedia and web-based tools as an integral part of his teaching.
  • Dr. Harbold’s activities at Elmhurst College extend beyond the classroom. He has taken an active role in faculty governance, serving at one time or another as Humanities Division Chair, on Academic Council, Faculty Personnel Board, Alternative Delivery Committee, International Education Committee, and the Interim Task Force, but perhaps his most significant contributions lie in the realm of technology. A long-time member and former chair of the Technology Steering Committee, he also served on the President’s Technology Taskforce.
  • Dr. Harbold holds membership in several professional organizations, including the College Music Society, Association for Technology in Music Instruction, American Composers Forum, Pi Kappa Lambda (national music honor society), Alpha Mu Gamma (national foreign language honor society), Phi Beta Delta (national international education honor society), Phi Kappa Phi (national honor society), and Omicron Delta Kappa (national leadership honor society). He also serves as faculty adviser to Lambda Sigma Psi, Elmhurst College’s music recognition society. Especially active in CMS, Harbold has served various roles at regional and national levels. A former president of the CMS Great Lakes Chapter, he has chaired numerous sessions at national and chapter conferences. He was privileged to co-chair the program committee for a special 2008 joint conference of the Great Lakes and Great Plains Chapters, part of CMS’s 50th anniversary celebration. Illinois State University hosted the event, and Harbold was a member of the Past Presidents Panel, chaired a session on creative pedagogies, and introduced the keynote speaker, etnnomusicologist Dr. Bruno Nettl.
  • Trained as a singer, conductor, and violinist, Dr. Harbold’s activities as a performer have centered around his college teaching and his work as a church musician. At Elmhurst College he organized the New Music Recital series from 1990-2000, and he has sung for various events—in the classroom, in recital, at convocation, and at chapel services. As a church musician, Dr. Harbold has a long history singing professionally as soloist and chorister at various churches and synagogues, including occasional operatic roles. From 1994-2009 he led the adult choir at Christ Community Church (formerly Geneva Road Baptist Church); he continues to sing there as a member of the bass section and occasional soloist.
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Page created 6 June 2001 by Mark Harbold—last updated 28 October 2015.