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BMusEd, MMus, MMTA
Mark Strykowski began his musical career playing trumpet in his local primary school band. He soon joined Willoughby Brass Band on cornet and began tuition under Bob Murray. At age 12, he was awarded a scholarship to study trumpet with Ken Smith at the Conservatorium High School. He was awarded a scholarship every year thereafter. Mr Strykowski studied piano with Adele McInnes at the Conservatorium and furthered his performance skills under the tutelage of James Blunt.
In 1988, Mr Strykowski was selected as a member of the Expo City Marching Band for the World Expo held in Brisbane. He joined the Gardens Point Brass Band and other professional ensembles in Brisbane.
After returning to Sydney, Mr Strykowski completed his degree in music education. During these years, he played and toured with symphony orchestras, wind/concert bands, jazz bands, rock bands and chamber ensembles. He also worked as a casual trumpeter for the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.
As a professional music educator, Mr Strykowski has worked with many school band and community music programs as conductor, tutor, mentor and consultant. He often serves as guest clinician for camps, intensive workshops and elite performance projects. In 2012, Mr Strykowski was invited to be an international adjudicator and clinician for the Cultural Convention of the Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asian Schools held in Taipei.
Mr Strykowski is actively involved in school and community music in Sydney’s north-west. In addition to maintaining a teaching studio, he currently holds positions at Mercy Catholic College and at Samuel Gilbert, Hornsby Heights, Excelsior and Jasper Road Public Schools. He is the founding musical director of the Clefhangers Concert Band, an ensemble for adults with limited performing experience. Mr Strykowski also served as the musical director of the Willoughby Brass Band.