Dr. Mark Terenzi, pianist
and conductor, received his early training in piano from King Bosworth.
He later studied with Herbert Stessin at the Juilliard Pre-College Division,
Karen Shaw and Enrica Cavallo-Gulli at the Indiana University School of
Music. During his years at Indiana, he won the 1979 Young Artists Competition
of the South Orange (NJ) Symphony, and performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto
No. 2 with the orchestra.
In graduate school, Dr. Terenzi majored in choral conducting while continuing
his performing on the piano, and holds a masters and doctorate in choral
conducting from Indiana University. In the 1980's, he served on the piano
faculty of the summer fine arts center at Belvoir Terrace in Lenox, MA,
where he also performed piano recitals. From 1990 to 1997 he served on
the music department faculties of Rutgers University, William Paterson
University, and Blackburn College of Illinois, where his duties included
directing choirs, teaching courses in theory, conducting, and private
piano and performing as a faculty pianist.
Dr. Terenzi joined the faculty of Kean University in Union, NJ in 1997,
where he is chairperson of the music department. He has led the Kean University
Choir and Chorale on tours of Boston, Washington, and Montreal. Dr. Terenzi
has also been a frequent chamber music player and accompanist at the school,
and has been an adjudicator for several New Jersey piano competitions/auditions,
including those of the Music Educators Association, the South Jersey Music
Teachers Association, and the Andrew George De Grado Foundation, Inc.