Eastern Mennonite University

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 Mélomanie. A Chicago Tribune reporter praised his “effortless upper notes capable of pinpoint accuracy.” Critics lauded his vocal performances of the music of Ciconia with Ellen Hargis and Drew Minter on Puzzles and Perfect Beauty (Noyse Productions). A Philadelphia Inquirer critic wrote that his lute playing has “the specificity of a great vocal performance.” Rimple has accompanied solo recitals by Drew Minter, Julianne Baird, and
Laura Heimes. He has also recorded new music by Matthew Greenbaum on archlute and 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, the Philadelphia Bach Collegium, Piffaro, and Mélomanie have performed his compositions. His debut solo composition CD, January, featuring new works for archlute, countertenor, viola da gamba, and harpsichord, is now available from New Focus Recordings. He has lectured and taught early notation, coached vocalists, given lute masterclasses, and taught 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. Rimple holds a doctorate of musical arts in composition from Temple University and is professor of music theory and composition at West Chester University, where he also directs the Collegium Musicum.