Mark Rimple has appeared as countertenor and lutenist with some of the top ensembles performing Medieval through Baroque music today, including Trefoil, The Newberry Consort, The Folger Consort, Ex Umbris, Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, Tempesta di Mare, and Melomanie. A Chicago Tribune reporter praised his “effortless upper notes capable of pinpoint accuracy.” His vocal performances of the music of Ciconia with Ellen Hargis and Drew Minter on Puzzles and Perfect Beauty (Noyse Productions) were lauded by critics. A Philadelphia Inquirer critic wrote that his lute playing has “the specificity of a great vocal performance.” Mark has accompanied solo recitals by Drew Minter, Julianne Baird, and Laura Heimes.
Mark’s singing and playing can be heard on recordings of medieval and Renaissance music by Trefoil (Fleur de Valeur, Bridge; Christo è Nato and Monsters, Mazes and Masters, MSR Recordings), The Newberry Consort (Puzzles and Perfect Beauty, Noyse Productions). He has also recorded new music by Matthew Greenbaum on archlute and recorded modern countertenor music by Jonathan Dawe.
As a composer, he incorporates the rhythmic and tonal aspects of early music and often includes early instruments and techniques in his works. Leading ensembles including The League of Composers/ISCM Chamber Players, Parnassus, Choral Arts Philadelphia, Piffaro, and Mélomanie have performed his compositions. Most recently, his Nouvelle Chanson des Oiseaux (for SATB choir and lute) was deemed by critics as “nothing short of a masterpiece” and “movingly beautiful.” He is in the final stages of recording his first solo composition CD, January, featuring new works for Archlute, Countertenor, Viola da Gamba, Harpischord.
Mark holds a DMA in composition from Temple University, and is Professor of Music Theory and Composition at West Chester University, where he also directs the Collegium Musicum. He has lectured and taught early notation, coached vocalists, given lute masterclasses, and vocal and instrumental ensembles for the Amherst Early Music Festival, The Madison Early Music Festival, The Virginia Baroque Performance Academy, Pinewoods Early Music Week, and the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp.