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Shepherd's Dr. Mark Andrew Cook receives Boston Metropolitan Opera's Director's Choice Award

ISSUED: 15 February 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd's Dr. Mark Andrew Cook receives Boston Metropolitan Opera's Director's Choice Award)

Shepherdstown, WV--Dr. Mark Andrew Cook, associate professor of music at Shepherd University, received a Director's Choice Award in the Art Song Category from the Boston Metro Opera's 2013 composition competition for his song cycle "Waking." "Waking," set to poems of Shepherd's Appalachian Heritage Writer in Residence Ron Rash, will be queued for performance as part of Boston Metropolitan Opera's regular season.

"Waking" premiered at Shepherd during the West Virginia Music Teachers Association Conference in 2012 and was performed by pianist Dr. Robert Scott Beard, professor of music and dean of graduate studies and continuing education at Shepherd, and soprano and Shepherd alumna Lawren Diana Hill.

Cook, 2012 West Virginia Music Teachers Association Commissioned Composer, came to Shepherd in 2005. He graduated from the Peabody Conservatory with a degree in music education, and Catholic University with a master's degree and doctorate in music theory. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha, Xi Epsilon Chapter, the national music fraternity, and an honorary member of Sigma Alpha Iota, the national women's music fraternity. Cook performs throughout the region, and is a jazz clinician and adjudicator. He is a guest lecturer in music theory and composition at the Barbara Ingram School of the Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland, and is currently writing the online textbook "Foundations of Music Theory," which will be released in July by Flat World Knowledge Publishing.

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