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Mark Lawley

Location: Missouri, USA
Mark Lawley is the Director of Music Education at Drury University where he was named the Faculty Member of the Year. He has been recognized by two Judge White Scholars as the faculty member of greatest influence during their freshman year. He has taught all levels of music from elementary through university including both instrumental and vocal music. His choirs have given invitational performances for National ACDA, National MENC, Regional ACDA, and 6 times for MMEA. He is the Artistic Director of the Boys Choir of Springfield and Springfield-Drury Girls Choir. He teaches piano and voice as a member of the adjunct faculty of Evangel University. Lawley made his Carnegie conducting debut in May of 2011. He maintains an active speaking, guest conducting, and adjudicating schedule. He currently serves as the President for the Southwestern American Choral Directors Association. Lawley conducted the Springfield Mid America Singers for 5 seasons from 2003 – 2008. He is Past President of both the Missouri Choral Directors Association and South Central Missouri Music Educators Association. He earned his undergraduate degree and certificate recital award in piano at Evangel University and a Master of Music degree in conducting at Missouri State University. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, ACDA, MMEA, and MSTA. He is the 2011 recipient of the Luther T. Spayde award and the 2011 Outstanding South Central District Director award given by the Missouri Choral Directors Association. His wife Lori is a meeting planner for the Assemblies of God and they are proud of their 3 children Devin, Drew and Brooke.

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