Mark Griffith joined the Houston Symphony in 2004. Before coming to Houston, he was a percussionist and assistant timpanist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that, he was a percussionist with the New World Symphony, led by conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Mark has also performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Honolulu Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic, and the National Repertory Orchestra.
A native Texan, Mark grew up in Dallas. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan where he was the recipient of the prestigious Charlie Owen Memorial Scholarship. Mark did undergraduate music studies at Wheaton College in Chicago, where he twice won the university’s concerto competition, performing marimba concertos by Paul Creston and Jorge Sarmientos. His teachers include Alan Abel, Michael Udow, Salvatore Rabbio, Kathleen Kastner, and Leigh Howard Stevens.
Mark’s playing can be heard on a number of orchestral and chamber music recordings from the RCA, Naxos, Equilibrium and Koch International labels. An active chamber musician and educator, he performs with Da Camera of Houston, the Greenbriar Consortium, and is active in the Houston Symphony’s educational outreach programs. In addition to percussion, Mark is trained as a pianist and organist, and holds a private pilot license. Mark is an artist endorser for Sabian and Freer Percussion.