Academy Chamber Music
Dr. Mark George, President and CEO of the Music Institute of Chicago since 2010, has enjoyed a unique career making music and connecting people of all kinds to the performing arts. In 2011, the Chicago Tribune named him “Chicagoan of the Year” in classical music. Dr. George served as national board chair for the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and he is currently a trustee for the Solti Foundation US, The Billy Strayhorn Foundation, and the Evanston Chamber of Commerce.
A highly regarded pianist, Dr. George has performed and recorded extensively throughout the United States. He has held faculty positions at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Case Western Reserve University, and the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music.
Dr. George previously served as director of the Hartt School Community Division and director of distance learning at the Cleveland Institute of Music. His work as an interdisciplinary curriculum developer and consultant has rendered the arts and humanities more accessible to diverse communities. He also led the resurgence of the 2006 Grammy Award-winning Cleveland Chamber Symphony. His board-level leadership, striking performances as a pianist, and inventive programming ideas re-established the ensemble as a major force in contemporary music.
1989 - Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), Cleveland Institute of Music
1985 - Master of Music (MM), Indiana University
1982 - Bachelor of Music (BM), Cleveland Institute of Music
Jazz Piano literature
Chamber Music literature
"Meet the student where they are and lead them forward."
Past Chair and Life Member, Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA)
Trustee, Solti Foundation US
Trustee, The Billy Strayhorn Foundation
Trustee, Evanston Chamber of Commerce
Interests/hobbies outside of music:
Reading (novels, history), Baseball
"Music is your ticket to travel through time and space; experience the full range human emotions; and access the wisdom of the ages."