Mark Tse is a Toronto-born conductor based in Boston with a mission to have as many people listen to as many different types of music as possible. He believes in combining classics and pops concerts as they once were, and going even further by introducing new types of music at these concerts so that audiences can expect to be excited by something exotic or intriguing each time. The exposure to different musics may challenge the audience's normal ways of experiencing and thinking about music and will hopefully foster a new approach towards other unfamiliar culture, food, or people.
Creating a new generation of savvy and critical (yet passive) consumers is insufficient however; Tse's end-goal is to inspire people to create music of their own, whether it be singing and playing the guitar, composing video game music or creating beats. This would be a return to a time when amateur art had as much meaning as professional art making.
His path to pursue professional conducting was paved during a conducting workshop with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at the Eastman School of Music in 2011, where he was one of only five participants selected to conduct the orchestra in the workshop’s final concert. Since then, Tse has been invited to participate at Bard Conductors' Institute, the NEC Conductors Forum and was awarded a scholarship by the College Band Directors National Association to attend the Hartt Instrumental Conducting Clinic.
At present, Tse is completing a Master’s degree in conducting with Charles Peltz at the New England Conservatory in Boston. While there, he has premiered new works, taught conducting classes and conducted rehearsals with NEC’s Symphonic Winds. Tse also helped organize the College Band Directors National Association's regional conference “Crossing Over” which NEC hosted. On November 11th, 2014 Tse made his conducting debut with the NEC Wind Ensemble in a performance of Massenet’s Ballet Music from Le Cid. On February 24th, 2015 he will debut with NEC’s Symphonic Winds, leading the ensemble in a performance of Holst’s Hammersmith.