Dr. Mark C. Ely is Professor of Music Education and Saxophone Performance at the University of Utah. Dr. Ely holds a Master of Music Degree in saxophone performance from Western Michigan University where he studied with Trent Kynaston, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from The Ohio State University where he studied with Dr. Burdette Green, Dr. Jere Forsythe, and Mr. James Hill.
Dr. Ely is an active performer, clinician, and adjudicator. He has performed with a variety of ensembles at state, regional, and national conferences including: National MENC Conference; College Band Director's National Association Conference; Music Educators National Conference; World Saxophone Congress; North American Saxophone Alliance; and the Utah Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference. He most recently performed A Sudden Change in the Consistency of Snow by Peter Swendsen at the 2008 Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dr. Ely presents regularly at national and state conferences and has several publications to his credit. His book entitled Dictionary of Music Education: A Handbook of Terminology co-authored with Amy E. Rashkin, Esq. is now available through GIA Publications. Dr. Ely and Ms. Amy Van Deuren are currently working on a two-volume book set that focuses on wind instrument pedagogy entitled Wind Talk: A Complete Guide to Understanding and Teaching Woodwind and Brass Instruments. Wind Talk will be released in June, 2009. Dr. Ely has held offices at the state and national levels as well, including: the Utah Higher Education Research Chair, the Utah State CMENC Chair, and the Western Division Chair of CMENC. He received a Superior Achievement Award in Music Education from the Utah Music Educators Association in 2003-2004. Prior to university teaching, Dr. Ely was Director of Bands in the Ross County Public School System in Ohio where he taught elementary, junior high, and senior high instrumental music.