About Mark Vigil

A Short Bio of Mark Vigil

I was born in Spokane Washington in October of 1954.
An interest and love for music was not readily apparent for me until the wise age of sixteen.
I am more than fluent on two instruments, piano and guitar.
Though the passion to learn an instrument let alone two instruments is great, it does not compare to the desire to compose.
Composition has been and will always be inspired by my own universe within.

In 1981 I received a Bachelor's degree in piano and composition from The Cornish College of the Arts located in Seattle Washington. At Cornish, I studied piano with Corri Celli and Jessie Parker. At Cornish, my composition teacher was Janice Giteck. In 1996 I received a Master's degree in composition from the University of Oregon School of Music, located in Eugene Oregon. Here, I studied composition with Robert Kyr and Hal Owen. At present, I study composition with Tomas Svoboda. I have been his student since 2002.

Despite diverse interests and tastes in music, I feel I have not deviated from a singular course in contemporary classical composition. My desire to compose exists soley as an expression of my heart. At least, that is how I would like it to be.

At present, my body of works consists primarily of chamber compositions. This is changing though. I am currently writing for larger orchestral forces hoping to develop in me aspirations for symphonic forms.

Some thoughts about the development of my individual voice and my artistic vision

"If, as a composer I can create worthy moments of musical art, then I feel assured that my efforts have not been in vain. I feel confident that I have a voice and that I have something to say. I only hope that I can effectively transform my personal perspectives, my feelings, into musical artistic creations that are fresh, meaningful and alive. Above all, I prefer my compositions to be uplifting in their nature and hopefully, a pleasing influence upon the listener's ear."