Mark Tse is a New York-based conductor and educator, serving as Director of Bands at SUNY Suffolk County Community College. He conducts the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble and is an instructor of music history and theory.
In the 2016 American Prize competition, he won 3rd place for Community Band Wind Ensemble Conducting and an Honourable Mention for College/University Wind Ensemble Conducting. In 2015, he won 2nd place for College/University Wind Ensemble Conducting.
Tse holds a doctorate in Wind Ensemble Conducting from the University of Washington, a Master of Music (Wind Ensemble Conducting) from the New England Conservatory, a Master of Music (Music Education) from the University of Western Ontario, as well as a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) and a Bachelor of Education (Instrumental Music) from the University of Toronto.
Previous to his graduate studies, Tse taught high school instrumental music for eleven years in the Toronto area, including concert bands, jazz ensembles, and classical guitar classes. He has also lead the Sistema Aeolian orchestras, modeled after the El Sistema program of Venezuela that championed free music education for all children, regardless of socioeconomic class. Tse's area of research specializes in the contemporary revival of the professional wind band movement in America.