Mark Tse is Director of Bands at SUNY Suffolk County Community College, conducting the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble as well as teaching music history and theory.
He is also a doctoral candidate in wind ensemble conducting with Timothy Salzman at the University of Washington. 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 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. Tse has also lead the Sistema Aeolian orchestras, modeled after the El Sistema program of Venuzuela that championed free music education for all children, regardless of socioeconomic class.