MARK C. GRAF
Mark Graf earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Master of Music in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying from the University of Illinois where he studied with John Wustman.
He has conducted opera productions for Florida Grand Opera, Toledo Opera, Edmonton Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Nashville Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Opera Birmingham, Opera Delaware, Washington Summer Opera, August Opera, Shreveport Opera, and the New York City Opera National Company.
Previous appointments included Florida Grand Opera’s Resident Associate Conductor and Director of its Young Artist Studio, Metropolitan Opera Auditions adjudicator, and Music Coordinator and Rehearsal Pianist for Pittsburgh Opera.
Mr. Graf is the Music Director of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Alexandria and led several Andria Theatre productions, including Into the Woods, White Christmas, Willie Wonka, Wizard of Oz, and, most recently, Hello Dolly!
Mark makes his home in Alexandria with his wife, Karen. He also designs user interfaces for automated packaging machinery at Aagard.
In his free time Mark dabbles in woodworking and frequents his older son's brewery, Adam's Copper Trail Brewing Company. He enjoys making music with his younger son, Eric, when they're together. Eric appeared several times with the LPCO as a cello soloist.