A Weekend with Mark Hayes

March 4-5, 2017


Come join us for a weekend of music with composer/pianist Mark Hayes.

Saturday, March 4
     9:00 - 10:30 -- Piano Improvisation workshop for church pianists
     10:45 - 11:45 -- The Art of Gratitude -- an interactive workshop for everyone.
     1:30 - 4:00 -- Rehearsal (fine-tuning) of five choral pieces for the Sunday afternoon concert. Contact Bob Weiss if you are interested in participating. Outside choir members are welcome to participate, but this does require advance preparation.  The five choral anthems to be prepared and presented as part of the Sunday concert are:
     If you wish to participate in this rehearsal and sing with the choir at the Sunday afternoon concert, please contact Bob Weiss.

Sunday, March 5
     10:45 -- Mark will perform his music for the service music of this worship service.
     4:00 -- Piano Concert by Mark Hayes, including the choral anthems rehearsed on Saturday afternoon.

All activities will take place at the church (214 W. Main, Carbondale, IL), are free and open to the public. 

  Mark Hayes is an award‐winning concert pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. His personal catalog, totaling over 1,000 published works, includes work for solo voice, solo piano, multiple pianos, orchestra, jazz combo, small instrumental ensembles, and choruses of all kinds. Mark received a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude in Piano Performance from Baylor University in 1975. He has conducted the SWACDA and MCDA Community and Church Honor Choir, and served as guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, featuring his Te Deum and Magnificat. In 2010, Baylor University Center for Christian Music Studies awarded Mark the Award for Exemplary Leadership in Christian Music. Mark arranged and orchestrated the music for Civil War Voices, which won six awards including “Best Musical” in the 2010 Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York. He conducted the world premiere of his work for chorus, orchestra and narrator, The American Spirit, at Lincoln Center in May 2011 and the world premiere of his Requiem in Lincoln Center in May 2013.

In addition to his involvement in the sacred and secular choral music fields, Hayes is an accomplished orchestrator and record producer. The album, I've Just Seen Jesus, which Mark arranged, orchestrated and co‐ produced, received the Dove Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year in 1986. In June 2010 Mark released his first CD of original songs titled All Is Well, featuring Kansas City jazz artist, Monique Danielle.

Whether concertizing on the other side of the globe or composing at his home in Kansas City, Missouri, Mark is blessed to live out his mission "to create beautiful music for the world".