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Ferdinand the Bull

by Mark Fish

an original musical setting of the children's classic, The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, about the bull who liked to "sit just quietly and smell the flowers." Winner of the Oppenheimer Best Audio Award. Album also includes Fish's arrangements of Saint-Sæns' Carnival of the Animals, Maurice Ravel's Mother Goose Suite (Ma mère l'oye).



by Mark Fish

inspired by Maya Angelou's poems, To a Suitor and Woman Work. Album also includes Bach's Chaconne from the Partita in D minor for solo violin, Beethoven's Sonata #8 in G for piano and violin, Liszt's Transcendental Etude no. 10 in F minor, Chopin's Etude, op. 25 No. 1 in A flat major, Rachmaninoff's Etude-Tableau op. 39 No. 5, and John Corigliano's Sonata for Violin and Piano.

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Pictures of Miró

by Mark Fish

11 chronologically ordered musical depictions of paintings by the Catalan artist Joan Miró, with his wide variety of self-portraits serving as the musical refrain. Recording also includes premiere recordings of Jack Gabel's Through a Gentle Rain, Bernard Andres's Narthex, Tessa Brinckman's Glass Sky, and D'Arcy Reynolds' Cloven Dreams. Music for flute, violin, viola, cello, harp, and koto.

flavor of the day

animated short created by Shawn Abernathy, score by Mark Fish


Ferdinando el Toro

(Ferdinand the Bull, for woodwind quintet, in spanish)

The first few minutes of my own piece and other woodwind quintet music narrated in Spanish,

performed by Quinteto Respira and narrated by Ana Gallegos - Valladolid, Spain


Talk to me

an award-winning documentary by Vanessa Kaneshiro about families with autistic children. Piano score by Mark Fish


Mark Fish is a composer, arranger, violinist, and violist from the San Francisco Bay Area. His music has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony's Adventures in Music Program, and Music at the Mission, where currently he serves as composer-in-residence. He has also had works commissioned by the Magic Flutes, the Del Sol String Quartet, the Newport Symphony, and Asian American Dance Performances. As a conductor, he has worked for the San Jose Youth Symphony, Peninsula Girls Chorus, Peninsula Youth Artists, and Hillsdale High School orchestras and choirs. As violinist/violist, he has performed with the San Francisco Merola Opera Program, the American Bach Soloists, Dave Brubeck, the Moody Blues, and Ray Charles.





Mark Fish


Curriculum Vitae

e-mail: markericfish@gmail.com, website: http://www.markfish.com



San Francisco State University, ‘99-‘04, K-12 Music Teaching Credential

University of California, Riverside, ’95-’97, MA in Music Composition

University of California, Berkeley, ’87-’91, BA in Music with Honors and High Distinction in General Scholarship (Phi Beta Kappa)


Principal Teachers - Composition

University of California, Riverside: Byron Adams, ’95-’97; Ethan Nasreddin-Longo, ’96-‘97

American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, ‘92: Philippe Manoury, Gilbert Amy, Byron Adams

University of California, Berkeley: Andrew Imbrie, ’90-’91; Edwin Dugger, ’90-91; Jorge Liderman, ’89-’91; Richard Felciano, ’89-’90; Amnon Wolman, ’87-‘88

Aspen Music Festival: George Tsontakis, ’88


Principal Teachers - Performance

Choral conducting – Charlene Archibeque, ’08-’10

Voice – David Rohrbaugh, ’09

Orchestral conducting: Michael Senturia, ’90-’91

Viola – Patricia Heller (San Francisco Opera Orchestra), ’10-’12, ’16-’18; Jenny Rudin, ’01-’02, Lucille Taylor, ’95-’97

Violin – Serban Rusu, ’88-‘92

Chamber Music – Anne Crowden, ’87-’91; Kathy Graff, ’95-‘97


Composition Awards/Grants/Fellowships/Honors

Grant from East Bay Community Foundation for El Greco Triptych (for Music at the Mission), ‘18

Commission from Newport Symphony (Oregon) for new work TBA, ‘18

Commission for Juna’s Jar from Sonnet Ensemble, ‘18

Commission for Roses from the South from the Orcgon Coast Youth Symphony Festival, ‘18

Commission for arrangement of Cunti Simus Concanentes for the Peninsula Girls Chorus, ‘18

Commission for Wage Peace (text by Judyth Hill) from Ragazzi Boys’ Chorus, ‘17

Commission for arrangement of Raghupati Raghav Raga Ram from Ragazzi Boys’ Chorus, ‘17

Grant from San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music for The Golden Door (Music at the Mission), ‘16

Funding from GoFundMe for premiere of Life Doesn’t Frighten Me (text by Maya Angelou), ‘16

Commission for Salsa Picante al Lado for Peninsula Youth Artists, ’15

Commission for Music for the Tramp (1915 film by Charles Chaplin) and Music for the Champion (1915 film by Charles Chaplin), Music at the Mission, ‘15

Commission for Shady Shoes, Magic Flutes, ‘11

Commission for Winston of Churchill (text by Jean Davies Okimoto), Music at the Mission, ‘10

Commission for woodwind quintet version of Ferdinand the Bull from Wild Basin Winds, ‘09

Commission for string orchestration of Ferdinand the Bull from the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, ‘08

Commission from the Del Sol String Quartet for Whatever Happened to the Fireside Fancies?, ‘07

Commission for Twilight from the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, ‘06

Commission for Whatever Happened to the Fireside Fancies?, Del Sol String Quartet, ‘07

Commission for Pictures of Miró from Tessa Brinckman and the East West Continuo, ‘05

Grant from Meet the Composer for commission of Restrictions of Silence (for Asian American Dance Performances), ‘05

Honorary Scholarship for Orff Schulwerk Training Level II, Northern California Orff Schulwerk Association, ‘04

Commission for Tango non Troppo, Central Valley Youth Symphony, ‘07

Commission for Four Dances from David Ogden Stiers for the Newport Symphony, ‘02

Commission for orchestration of Ferdinand the Bull from David Ogden Stiers, '03

Commission for Womanwork for violin and piano from the Chiaroscuro Duo, ’98

Commission for Yo! from Asian American Dance Performances (performed by Quintessence), ‘98


Selected composition performances

Ferdinand the Bull, Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN, ’15.

Tango non Troppo, Central Valley Youth Symphony, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, ‘07

Restrictions of Silence, Asian American Dance Performances, Theater Artaud, San Francisco, CA, ‘06

Salsa Picante al Lado, Peninsula Youth Artists, Rudolfinum at Dvorák Hall, Prague, Czech Republic; MuTH, Vienna, Austria, ‘16



Juna’s Jar for string orchestra and narrator, ‘18. Text by Jane Bahk, used by permission from Lee and Low Publishers. 20’

Roses from the South for string orchestra, ‘18. 12’

Wage Peace for SSATBB choir, 2 horns, and piano, ’18. Text by Judyth Hill (used by permission of the author). 5’

Cuncti Simus Concanentes (arrangement) for girls’ chorus, flute, recorder, cello, and percussion, ’17. 4’

The Golden Door for string quartet, bass, and piano, ‘17. 15’

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me at All for SSA chorus and piano, ‘16. Text by Maya Angelou (used by permission of Caged Bird Legacy). 3’

Salsa Picante for large orchestra‘15. 6’

Alla Festiva for flute, clarinet, horn and trombone, for San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music education program, ‘15. 3’

Winston of Churchill for horn, clarinet, violin, cello, bass, piano, narrator, ‘10. 17’ Text by Jean Davies Okimoto. 16’

Whatever Happened to the Fireside Fancies? for string quartet, ‘07. 12’

Twilight for string orchestra, ‘06. 12’

Pictures of Miró for flute, violin, viola, cello, ‘05. 20’

Restrictions of Silence for horn and percussion, ‘05. 20’

The Three Ages of Woman for solo piano, '05. 7'

Four Dances for orchestra, ‘02. 16’

Ferdinand the Bull for narrator, cello, and piano, ’03; for narrator, solo cello, and orchestra, ’03; for woodwind quintet, ’03; for narrator, solo cello, and string orchestra, ‘08. 20’

Womanwork for violin and piano, ’98. 5’

Yo! for a cappella men’s quintet, ‘93. Text by Ogden Nash. 12’



Life Doesn't Frighten Me at All for SSA Choir (text by Maya Angelou) to be published on Henry Leck Choral Series, Hal Leonard, Fall ’18. 3'

Ma mère l’oye (Ravel/Fish), Editions Durand, ’05. 15’

Play It! article (guest composer), Strings Magazine, ‘05

All other compositions/arrangements above published by Frillikin Music


Non-commissioned, published works

Womanwork for soprano and piano (text by Maya Angelou), ‘97



Composer-in-residence, Music at the Mission, Fremont, California, ’11 to present


Performing Experience

Choir Director, Community United Methodist Church, Half Moon Bay, ‘18-present

Primary Group Choral Director, Ragazzi Boys Chorus, ’16-‘17

Substitute Director, San Jose Youth Symphony, ’15-present

Bass Section Leader, Masterworks Chorale, ’11-‘14

Substitute Violist, Fremont Symphony, ’10-‘13

Substitute violist/violinist, ‘San Francisco Merola Opera Program, ’06-present

Substitute Violist, Monterey Symphony, ’03-present

Violist, Galapagos String Quartet, ’00-‘08

Violist, Woodside Priory Chapel Christmas/Easter performances, ’00-present

Violinist/Violist, Pocket Opera, San Francisco, ’98-present

Principal Violist, West Marin Music Festival, ’98-‘01

Assistant Principal Second Violinist, Berkeley Symphony, ’98-‘00

Violist, Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival, ’98-‘03



Ferdinand the Bull and arrangements of Ravel’s Ma mère l’oye (Mother Goose Suite) and Saint-Sæns’ Carnival of the Animals in Ferdinand the Bull and Friends, NPM-LD-032, David Ogden Stiers, Nina Flyer, Chie Nagatani, ‘10.

Ferdinand the Bull in Ferdinand the Bull and Other Children’s Folklore, DCD 496, Biscuit Brothers and Wild Basin Winds, ‘08.

Pictures of Miró in Glass Sky, NPM-LD-021, Tessa Brinckman & East West Continuo, ‘05.

The Three Ages of Woman in Images of 3 Centuries, CBR-251, Aileen Chanco, ‘05.

Womanwork (for violin and pianin Chiaroscuro Duo, Aileen Chanco-Everett and Cynthia Mei, ‘98.


Film Scores

Flavor of the Day (animated short) by Shaun Abernathy, ‘10

Talk to Me (documentary) by Vanessa Kaneshiro, Fanlight Productions, ‘00

How Much Land Does a Man Need?, Global Village Productions, ‘00

Writing with Feet, Francisco Narciso, ‘96

Phoebe and Ben, Mark Yardis, ‘89

Boxyard Blues, Mark Yardis, ‘89


Software proficiency

ProTools, Digital Performer, Sibelius, Noteflight, Corel VideoStudio



ChamberFest (for Music at the Mission, Fremont, CA), '16 (summer): composition, chamber music

Belmont-Redwood Shores School District, Belmont, CA, '15 to present: 4th/5th grade general music (Orff-Schulwerk emphasis) and 4th/5th grade strings

Bayside STEM Academy, '14 to '15: jazz ensemble, beginning concert band, advanced concert band, orchestra, chorus

Hillsdale High School/College of San Mateo, CA: '06 to '14: orchestra, chamber orchestra, beginning chorus, advanced chorus, chamber singers, vocal director for musicals, yearbook, newspaper advisor, substitute for AP Music Theory

Palo Alto Unified School District, CA, '01 to '06: middle school orchestra, middle school chorus, 1st-4th grade general music

San Francisco Conservatory of Music (Preparatory Division), CA, '01 (summer): musicianship

The Nueva School, Hillsborough, CA, '99 to '01: private composition lessons, middle school jazz combo, elementary choirs, elementary general music

Kollage Community School for the Arts, Redwood City, CA, '97 to '99: 2nd-5th grade general music

UC Riverside Music Department, CA, ‘95 to ‘97: teaching assistant, Music 1 (theory for non-music majors) and Music 11 (musicianship for majors)


Teaching Grants/Awards/Honors

Received 240 donated ukuleles for Belmont-Redwood Shores School District (BRSSD) from Kala Brand Music, ‘17

Ventures Foundation grant for Orff Afro-Cuban jazz workshop, ’17

Rotary Club grant for steel pan drums for Cipriani Elementary, ’17

Received donated instruments worth $2,700 through DonorsChoose campaign for BRSSD, ‘16

Fundraised $2K for Sibelius software, music stands, and supplies, Bayside STEM Academy, ‘15

American String Teachers Association 2015 Parade of Orchestras Festival Adjudicator, Honolulu, HI, ‘15

Semi-finalist for GRAMMY Music Educator Award, ’13

“Tireless Effort Award,” Hillsdale High School, ’10

Co-wrote $1.2M grant for new digital recording facility, ‘08



Guitarist, St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Belmont, CA, ’18

Month of rehearsals for string orchestra performances in last month prior to each of two concert programs, Belmont-Redwood Shores School District, ’15 to ‘17

Optional half-hour string orchestra tutoring three days per week after school, Nesbit Elementary, ’15 to ‘16

Additional Bayside STEM Academy String Orchestra performances with San Francisco Chamber Orchestra at Skyline College, San Bruno CA; Choir caroling performances in Redwood City, CA; Band performance at Sequoia High School, Redwood City, CA; and Jazz Band at Santa Cruz Jazz Festival at Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz, CA, ‘15

Extra-curricular, zero-period, Show Choir course, Hillsdale High School, ’12 to ‘14

Co-led Hillsdale High School Music Department tours to Costa Rica, ‘13; Southern California, ’06, ’08, ’10, ’11, ’12, ’14; New York, ‘12

Combined Hillsdale High School choirs with Masterworks Chorale for Messiah performance, ’11; Carmina Burana performances, ’13

Mentored single-subject music teaching credential intern, ’13-‘14

Arranged three songs for Chamber Singers, orchestrated two pieces for Chamber Orchestra, ’11-’12

Combined Hillsdale String Orchestra with San Francisco Chamber Orchestra for “Side-by-Side” performances, ’08-‘10

Co-hosted CMEA Band Festival, Hillsdale High School, ‘08

Assistant producer, The Complete String Quartets of George Antheil, OM 1008-2, Del Sol String Quartet, ‘05

Mentored eighth-grade orchestra student in composition of orchestra piece and conducted premiere, ‘06

Mentored 7th grade student in conducting; student conducted 7th/8th grade orchestra in concert, ‘06

Presented workshop on relationships between visual art and music at JLS Middle School, ‘05

Created and coached after-school string chamber music program, Jordan Middle School, ’04-‘06

Coached vocals and accompanied 3rd grade production of “Because of Winn-Dixie,” ‘04

Founded and conducted 3rd grade choir at Barron Park Elementary, ’02-‘05

Presented “Teaching Music to Gifted Children” workshop at San Jose State CMEA conference, ‘01

Worked with parents, administrators and architects to help design new multipurpose performance facility, Nueva School, ‘00

Taught blind student music notation using “Puffy Paints” on flashcards, providing additional private lessons working on private basis, UC Riverside, ‘96



Northern California Orff-Schulwerk Assocation Afro-Latin Mini-Conference, ‘17

Doug Goodkin’s Orff-Schulwerk Jazz Course, ‘16

American Orff-Schulwerk National Conference, ‘16

American String Teachers Assocation National Conference, ‘12

Luna Kids Dance Workshop, '04

American Choral Director's Association Workshops at Ecco, ‘99, ‘00, ‘07, ‘09, ‘11

Conducting workshop, Tapiola Children’s Choir, Drake University, ‘97



American Composers Foundation (ACF)

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)

American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 6

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

American String Teachers Association (ASTA)

National Foundation for Music Education (NAfME)

American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA)

Northern California Orff-Schulwerk Association (NCAOSA)




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