Dr. Mark Ely is Professor of Music Education and Saxophone Performance at University of Utah. He holds a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from Western Michigan University, where he studied with Trent Kynaston, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from The Ohio State University, where he studied with Dr. Burdette Green, Dr. Jere Forsythe, and Mr. James Hill.
Dr. Ely is an active performer, clinician, and adjudicator. He has performed with a variety of ensembles at state, regional, and national conferences.
Dr. Ely presents regularly at national and state conferences and has several publications to his credit. His book entitled Dictionary of Music Education: A Handbook of Terminology,
co-authored with Amy Rashkin, is available through GIA Publications. Dr. Ely and Ms. Amy Van Deuren are currently working on a two-volume book set that focuses on wind instrument pedagogy entitled Wind Talk: A Complete Guide to Understanding and Teaching Woodwind and Brass Instruments,
to be released in 2009. Dr. Ely has held offices at the state and national levels as well, including the Utah Higher Education Research Chair, Utah State CMENC Chair, and Western Division Chair of CMENC. He received a Superior Achievement Award in Music Education from the Utah Music Educators Association in 2003-04. Prior to university teaching, Dr. Ely was Director of Bands in the Ross County Public School System in Ohio where he taught elementary, junior high, and senior high instrumental music.