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 Melomanie. A Philadelphia Inquirer critic wrote that his lute playing has “the specificity of a great vocal performance.” He specializes in the performances of lute song and monody, and has accompanied solo recitals by Drew Minter and Julianne Baird. 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 also a music theorist and scholar, having written on the influence of Boethius on poetics, historical music composition, music theory and analysis. 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 taught early notation, vocal and instrumental ensembles for the Amherst Early Music Festival, The Madison Early Music Festival, Pinewoods Early Music Week, and the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. For more information, see his website: www.markrimple.com