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Mark Strykowski

BMusEd, MMus (MusEd), MMTA

Examiner Number: 1056

Mark began his musical career playing trumpet in his local primary school band. He soon joined Willoughby Brass Band on cornet and started tuition under Bob Murray. At age 12 he was awarded a scholarship to commence trumpet studies with Ken Smith at the Conservatorium High School. Mark was awarded a scholarship every year thereafter. He studied piano with Adele McInnes at the Conservatorium and furthered his performance skills under the tutelage of James Blunt.

In 1988, he was selected as a member of the Expo City Marching Band for World Expo held in Brisbane. He became a member of the Gardens Point Brass Band as well as many professional ensembles in Brisbane.

Mark returned to Sydney and completed his degree in music education. During these formative years, he played with many different ensembles including symphony orchestras (foundation member of Balmain Sinfonia), wind/concert bands (touring to New Zealand, Europe and outback Australia), jazz bands, rock bands and various chamber ensembles around Sydney. Mark also worked as a casual trumpeter for the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

Mark's diverse musical interests saw him complete postgraduate music studies at Sydney University, majoring in Music Technology and Music Education. After graduation and a short period of university tutoring, Mark focused on the development of his studio teaching and school band programs.

As a professional music educator, Mark has worked with numerous school band and community music programs as conductor, tutor, mentor and consultant. He is now widely sought as guest clinician for camps, intensive workshops and elite performance projects.

In April 2012, Mark was invited to be an international adjudicator and clinician for the Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asian Schools (IASAS) Cultural Convention Music held at Taipei American School (Taiwan) where he worked with children from six of the world’s foremost international schools in Asia.

Mark is actively involved in school and community music in Sydney's northwest. In addition to operating a busy teaching studio, Mark currently holds positions at Samuel Gilbert, Hornsby Heights, Excelsior and Jasper Rd Public Schools, and Mercy Catholic College (Chatswood). He is the founding Musical Director of the Clefhangers Concert Band – an ensemble developed specifically for adults who wish to return to ensemble playing or commence instrumental ensemble playing despite having little or no performance skills.

Most recently, Mark was the Musical Director of the Willoughby Brass Band, arguably one of Australia’s most well-respected and successful A-grade community brass bands.

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