Professor and Chair (musicology and piano)
Mark Mazullo is Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Macalester College, where he has been teaching music history and piano since 1999. He holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory. As a musicologist, his writing on diverse musical subjects has appeared in The Yale Review, The Musical Quarterly, Popular Music, Journal of the American Musicological Society, American Music, Ruminator Review, and other publications. His first book, Shostakovich’s Preludes and Fugues: Contexts, Style, Performance, will be published by Yale University Press in 2010. A current writing project on the general subject of music and alienation will include essays on topics ranging from pop songs in the films of David Lynch, to musical performance in the novels of Kazuo Ishiguro, to the music of Radiohead and Bjork.
As a pianist, Mazullo performs frequently in solo, chamber, and concerto settings. He was a student of William Masselos, Nancy Roldán, and Lydia Artymiw. Recent performances have included Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis, and John Cage’s complete Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano in collaboration with Becky Heist (Director of Macalester’s Dance Program) and several professional and student dancers. From 2002-2005, Mazullo served on the nationally elected Board of Directors of the College Music Society. He also served for many years on the board of the Frederic Chopin Society of Minnesota, which hosts several international pianists each year in solo concerts held at Macalester College.
Mazullo, the proud recipient of Macalester’s 2009 Outstanding Teaching Award, teaches a broad range of courses at Macalester, including required survey courses for the Music major and minor, seminar courses on individual composers (Beethoven, Shostakovich), and other topics courses (most recently, Music and Freedom; Musical Performance and Interpretation; and American Pop, Rockabilly, and Soul, 1954-64). He performs often with students, most recently in works including the Piano Quintet of Dmitri Shostakovich, the Fantasy in F Minor for piano four-hands by Franz Schubert, and the Sonata for Flute and Piano by Sergei Prokofiev.
Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory
Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Minnesota