Mark held the position of Tutti Oboe/Cor Anglais with the Opera Australia Orchestra for the last 30 years, or so, finishing there in September of 2020. He also has a keen interest in teaching the Oboe and music education more broadly. He was on Opera Australia’s Education Committee supporting mentorship programmes for both NSW Regional Conservatoria and the Sydney Conservatorium for 10 years.
He has a strong interest in how Orchestras work and, reflecting that, has put together a presentation, ‘The Art of Playing Second Oboe’. Mark has presented this at ADRS Conferences in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane and, in 2018, the IDRS Conference in Granada, Spain. He has also long held a keen interest in the industrial side of being a musician and has advocated for improvements to Musician’s wages and conditions for most of his career. He was the President of the Symphony Orchestra Musicians’ Association (SOMA), the Union that covers Australian orchestras for 10 years. In that role Mark presented at the 2017 Federation of International Musicians Conference (FIM) in Montreal and the 2016 ICSOM Conference in Washington DC.
Mark also has a fascination with gardens, particularly Japanese, and runs a small Landscape Design business ‘Garden Symphony’ which draws on Japanese design principles and combines them with Australian elements. Lastly, he has more than a passing interest in cars that go perhaps unnecessarily fast