Mark Taylor, a native of Southern California, began studying the piano at age five and the violin at age seven. He started playing in orchestras at age eleven and began teaching the violin at age fifteen. He holds Violin Performance degrees from Brigham Young University and University of Michigan.
Mark has taught at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo College, and he has spent three years teaching orchestra classes in secondary public education. He is in his seventeenth year of directing the orchestra and teaching music theory, conducting, violin and viola at Southern Virginia University. This is his twelfth year of directing the Rockbridge Symphony, which is sponsored by Fine Arts in Rockbridge.
He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting through James Madison University. Mark and his wife, Samee, are the parents of eight children and three grandchildren.