Mark Schuppener joined the Philadelphia International Music Festival in the 2017 season as Director of Chamber Music. Mark has garnered acclaim as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, concertmaster, and devoted music educator and conductor. He has served on the music faculties of the University of Texas, University of Michigan, Spring Arbor University, and is currently Director of Orchestras at Westminster Christian School in Miami, Florida.
As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with the Michigan Chamber Players and was honored as a semi-finalist of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Schuppener is a founding member of the Ann Arbor Camerata, a professional chamber ensemble in its 12th season. Additionally, he has been on the chamber music faculties of Point Counterpoint Chamber Music Camp and the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts. Schuppener was served as concertmaster of the Michigan Philharmonic, Dearborn Symphony, Las Cruces Symphony, El Paso Opera Orchestra, and Associate Concertmaster of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, Schuppener and International Steinway Artist, Dr. Oscar Macchioni, released a CD under contract with Centaur Records and were invited to perform the program at the Argentinean Consulate of New York City. Schuppener has served as the conductor of the El Paso Youth Philharmonic, Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Jackson Junior Strings, University of Wisconsin All String Orchestra, and a frequent All-State Region Guest Clinician and Adjudicator.
Mark has directed string programs and youth orchestras at the elementary, middle, and high school levels throughout his career. His love of music has allowed him to travel much of the country and world as a performer as well. Dr. Schuppener has been given opportunities to perform throughout the US, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, and Slovakia. Schuppener is an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival and a frequent faculty member of the Eastern Music Festival and School. Mark is currently a Concertmaster of Orchestra Miami, violinist in the genre bending Nu Deco Ensemble and Florida Grand Opera Orchestra, and active as a recitalist around the US. As a recording artist, he can be heard on pop music albums of Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees on Columbia Records, Juan Gabriel’s final album, and many others. Schuppener was awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.