Mark McCormick has travelled the world as an in demand collaborative pianist, organist and music educator. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Mark began his career with the Fox Valley Symphony producing classical and educational concerts. Soon thereafter, Mr. McCormick began a career in music education, instructing K-12 instrumental and choral music as well as music theory and composition. In 2005, Mark took a hiatus from teaching and relocated to Los Angeles to begin work as a music and sound editor. He collaborated with Academy award winning composer Hans Zimmer at Remote Control Productions and created sampled instruments used in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean III: At World’s End.”
Returning to the call of teaching in 2008, Mark joined the music faculty at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, a 2014 GRAMMY Gold Signature School. He serves as accompanist and co-director to the award winning choirs, instructs classes in music theory and composition and is the orchestra director for the annual spring musical. He is the recipient of the 2014 Sandacre Teacher of the Year award, an honor given to him by the student body.
Mr. McCormick studied piano, organ and instrumental conducting at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, earning B.S. and M.M. degrees in music education. In addition to serving the Angel City Chorale as a principal accompanist, he is the pianist and organist at Historic First Lutheran Church in Pasadena, CA.
When not behind the keyboard, he enjoys camping, hiking and reconnecting with nature.