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Mark Lackey

Birmingham, AL            

Mark Lackey composes new music that is “buoyant, at times playful” with “a classical, yet unrestrained lyricism” (ArtsBham.com).

As a composer of vocal, electronic, chamber, orchestral, and wind ensemble music, Mark Lackey has garnered premieres from many gifted artists including Rhymes With Opera, Fireworks, Eastman Wind Orchestra, Definiens Ensemble, Druid City Ensemble, cellist Craig Hultgren, Miolina NYC, violist Victor de Almeida, and violinist Courtney Orlando. A leader in the local new music scene, he is immediate past president and current treasurer of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance. His print music is available through Dorn Publications, Julian Date Music, and sheetmusicplus.com, and recordings are available on the Potenza Music and Centaur Records labels. Honors include a public reading by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and selection as finalist in the American Composer Competition of the Columbia (MD) Orchestra.

Mark Lackey is also an energetic educator. As Associate Professor at Samford University’s School of the Arts, he teaches composition, music theory, and music technology, and serves as Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music. He earned the degrees Doctor of Musical Arts in composition, Master of Music in theory pedagogy, and Master of Music in composition from The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University where his teachers included Christopher Theofanidis, Bruno Amato, and Nicholas Maw.


Presenting Mark Lackey’s debut album Fairy Tale, embracing classical, rock, electronica, and Appalachian folk music. The centerpiece of the album is the 13-minute chamber work Fairy Tale for flute, guitar, cello, and percussion, imaginatively paired with electronic remixes of that recording by Julian Date (the composer’s alter-ego).

Available now on the NAXOS database and via all major streaming services and music retailers.

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