Mark Tse is completing his doctoral studies in conducting with Timothy Salzman at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he co-conducts the UW Concert Band and is an assistant conductor to the UW Wind Ensemble. At UW, Tse adjudicates regional festivals, conducts honor bands and masterclass workshops for visiting schools, and coordinates the Pacific Northwest Band Festival. He also managed the 2016 Wind Ensemble trip to Shanghai and Beijing, where he guest conducted the Washington Chamber Brass with the UW Wind Ensemble. 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 Bachelor of Music in music education and a Bachelor of Education in instrumental music from the University of Toronto. In his final years of teaching, Tse obtained a Masters of Music in music education and subsequently completed coursework for a Doctorate of Philosophy in music education from the University of Western Ontario. While at UWO, he wrote and conducted arrangements for the El Sistema Aeolian Orchestras and the UWO Chamber Orchestra, as well as guest-conducted the UWO Symphonic Band.
After being chosen by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra to be one of five Eastman School of Music workshop participants to conduct them at a concert, Tse left his doctoral studies to start a Masters of Music in wind ensemble conducting with Charles Peltz at the world-renowned New England Conservatory in Boston. While there, he has premiered numerous new works by students and award-winning composer Thomas Oboe Lee, and guest conducted the NEC Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds. Tse also helped organize the College Band Directors National Association's regional conference “Crossing Over”.
Previous to his graduate studies, Tse taught high school instrumental music for 11 years in the Toronto area, including concert bands, jazz ensembles, and classical guitar classes, and served as Department Head for many of those years. As a teacher, musical outreach was a priority as he forged new connections between area music programs and community bands, championing life-long music making.