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Mark Grizzard

Instructional Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Choral Studies
School of Music
Centennial East - CE 30
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Dr. Mark Grizzard conducts Treble Choir and teaches undergraduate courses in music theory and musicianship. Grizzard has served as a guest clinician for school choirs across the Midwest, presented seminars on music arranging and performance for the National Association for Music Education and the Illinois Music Education Association, adjudicated Illinois High School Association organizational contests, and served on the board of the Illinois chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association as Men’s Choir Repertoire and Standards Chair. A prolific arranger, Grizzard’s arrangements have been performed by the National Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, and vocal jazz ensemble Chapter 6, with whom Grizzard has produced four studio albums and received Best Jazz Album at the 2012 Contemporary Acappella Recording Awards (“Color By Number”, executive producer). He lives with his wife Leigh and their two children in Peoria, IL.

Current Courses

107.001Group Instruction In Basic Musicianship I

107.004Group Instruction In Basic Musicianship I

107.005Group Instruction In Basic Musicianship I

101.001Music Theory I

101.002Music Theory I

101.009Music Theory I

101.010Music Theory I

186.001Treble Choir

286.001Treble Choir

291.003Undergraduate Teaching Experience In Music

219.001Advanced Sight Singing

219.002Advanced Sight Singing

108.004Group Instruction In Basic Musicianship II

100.001Introduction to Music Studies: Theory and Collegiate Life

102.007Music Theory II

102.008Music Theory II

186.001Treble Choir

286.001Treble Choir

291.001Undergraduate Teaching Experience In Music

Research Interests & Areas

The focus of Dr. Grizzard's research is contemporary Latvian cultural expression through choral music. His article “Castle of Light: A Snapshot of Latvian Choral Music as the Nation Turns 100” received publication in the August 2019 issue of the American Choral Director’s Association’s Choral Journal.

DMA Choral Music

University of Illinois
Urbana, IL

MM Choral Conducting

Illinois State University
Normal, IL

MM Composition

Illinois State University
Normal, IL

BA Music, Composition

Millikin University
Decatur, IL

Outstanding University Teaching Award - Non-Tenure Track

Illinois State University Teaching Committee

Journal Article

Grizzard, M. Castle of Light: A Snapshot of Latvian Choral Music as the Nation Turns 100. Choral Journal 60.3 (2019): 51-60.