Mark Butler, composer, conductor, pianist, baritone and music educator. Butler received his undergraduate degree in music education from Florida A&M University. He holds a M.M.E degree from Florida State University and a doctoral degree (DMA), in choral conducting from The American Conservatory of Music in Hammond, Indiana.
Dr. Butler is Director of Choral Activities and Studies at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. He also serves as an adjudicator for NATS vocal competitions, and various choral festivals, clinics, and evaluations.
In 2015, Butler was commissioned to serve as composer-in-residence and vocal consultant at the Grady Rayam Vocal Competition and Master Class series in Orlando, Florida.
Butler has conducted the Perdido Symphony orchestra and the FAMU Concert Chorale in a performance of “Handel’s Messiah.” Dr. Butler has conducted other major works such as Verdi’s “Requiem” and Vivaldi’s “Gloria.” He has served as guest conductor of the AASCA Music Festival in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, as a clinician at the Florida Music Educators Conference, and for various high school choruses.
As a published composer, his compositions have quickly grown to popular fame and are in demand at National and International music events such as the American Choral Director’s Association, music conferences, and festivals. The internationally acclaimed Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem performed his arrangement “Glory Hallelujah to the New Born King” on The Good Morning America Show.
Dr. Butler is the founder and former director of the Dougherty High Performing Arts Chorale (Albany, Georgia). Under his direction this chorale won over 14 consecutive competitions at national music festivals in areas of mixed choir, women’s choir, and men’s choir.
He is a member of the American Choral Director’s Association, Music Educator’s National Conference, NATS, American Composer’s Forum, and Omega Psi Phi fraternity.
Butler continues to serve as guest conductor, clinician, and composer-in-residence for state and national school district choral events, church workshops, and other musical events throughout the United States.