Internationally known composer Mark Hayes will conduct a concert of his music at Vincennes University’s Red Skelton Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The concert is free and the public is invited to attend.
The choral works will be performed by VU music students, directed by Dr. Dan Miller; Lincoln High School students, directed by Mark Snyder; and Sullivan High School students, directed by Alissa Wayman.
Accompaniment will be provided by members of the Evansville Philharmonic. Hayes will also perform some of his solo piano works and accompany vocalist Lisa Miller, VU assistant professor.
After graduating from Baylor University in 1975, Hayes moved to Kansas City in 1977 to work as the music editor for Tempo Music Publications.
The next three years were filled with invaluable experiences in learning the music publishing industry.
When Tempo closed their doors, Hayes chose to be a freelance arranger for a year, which led to the 1980 creation of Mark Hayes Productions. Churches and schools began to commission anthems, and Shawnee Press published his first solo piano book, a personal milestone.
Momentum was building and a career as a self-employed composer, arranger, concert pianist, conductor and clinician was born.
Today Hayes is internationally known and his music is performed across the globe.
He has traveled throughout Europe, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and South Africa to concertize, conduct and lead workshops.
He is a frequent guest conductor at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.