Mark Crim joined the faculty of ETBU in 2008 as Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music. He directs the Tiger Marching Band, conducts the Symphonic Band, opera and musical theater orchestras and the University Ringers handbell ensemble. Mr. Crim teaches courses in conducting, instrumental music education, scoring and arranging and ethnomusicology.
A church musician, Mr. Crim serves as Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Marshall, after serving over twenty years in United Methodist Churches in Longview, Van and Bullard, Texas.
Mr. Crim maintains a busy schedule as a guest conductor and clinician. He has performed, taught and conducted across the United States and abroad in Bulgaria, France, Finland, Germany, Japan, and the Ukraine. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the East Texas International Conducting Masterclass for professional orchestral conductors and the ETBU Conducting Symposium for local music educators. He has presented at regional, national and international conferences on music education and conducting topics.
Ensembles under Mr. Crim’s direction have participated in commissioning consortiums with premieres of works by David Holsinger, Mark Camphouse and Gregory Youtz. In addition, the Symphonic Band premiered new transcriptions of works by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Georg Frederick Handel in a concert at the 2015 Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival in Chicagp’s Orchestra Hall.
Mr. Crim is active in a number of professional groups, including the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Conductor's Guild and the College Band Directors National Association.
M.M. (Conducting), Stephen F. Austin State University
B.M. (Music Education), University of Texas at Tyler
Additional graduate study, Boston University