Music Director - Mark Latham
Mark Latham received his musical training at the Guildhall School (London), the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, Brooklyn College Conservatory, and the University of Michigan, where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting. Mark was privileged to study with some of the great musicians and pedagogues of the past century: violin with Masao Kawasaki, Dorothy DeLay and Ithzak Perlman; and chamber music with the Juilliard, Emerson and American Quartets, with Eugene Lehner of the Kolisch Quartet, and Zoltan Zekely of the Hungarian Quartet.
As a violinist, he was a member of the Atlantic String Quartet for 6 years, in St. John's, Canada. He played with Emmanuel Music in Boston, the New England Bach Festival, and with the New Hampshire, Delaware and New Haven Symphonies. He now is a member of the Aryaloka String Quartet.
Mark’s primary conducting mentors were Kenneth Kiesler and Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier, Larry Rachlef, and Helmuth Rilling. He has served as music director of several orchestras in Canada, Michigan and New England. In Michigan, he was music director of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society and conducted Dominic Argento’s opera “Postcard from Morocco.” He conducted the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in Santa Cruz, CA, and the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, as well as those of MIT, the New Hampshire Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the orchestra at Concord Academy. Recently, he directed the premieres of a trilogy of operas in Boston and New Hampshire.
He has given numerous world premieres and his own works have been performed in the UK, Canada and the US including at New York’s 92nd St. Y. He is a member ‘in absentia’ of the Canadian contemporary improv ensemble "The Black Auks" with whom he made several recordings.
Mark holds a deep belief that music is transformational: that it helps create and promote a more peaceful and harmonious world; and that is then a broad and powerful educational and social medium for both children and adults. He has conducted many youth and community orchestras, and led seminars and workshops at all levels. His recent seasons have included directing the All City Orchestra in Salem, Oregon; conducting the Broadway show Mary Poppins, in Chelmsford, MA; and giving the premiere of a new Requiem by the Vermont composer Robert Griffin. He has taught composition and general music at MusicWorks in the UK, a chamber music program for Europe’s finest young string and piano players. Last January he directed the New Hampshire All State Chamber Orchestra. Each summer he conducts and coaches’ amateur musicians at CAMMAC in Quebec, and directs the orchestra and gives master classes at the Iceberg Chamber Music Institute in Newfoundland.
Now in his ninth season as Music Director of the New Hampshire Philharmonic, he continues to direct the University Orchestra at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where he is adjunct professor of conducting, violin and viola, and chamber music.