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Mark Koch

Adjunct Professor and Assistant Chair of Guitar
Mary Pappert School of Music

School of Music, Room 1D
Phone: 412.396.4939



Mark Koch is the Director of Jazz Guitar at Duquesne University, Director of Duquesne University's Summer Guitar and Bass Workshop and Co-director of student Jazz guitar ensembles.

His guitar teachers were Hoyt "Slim" Bryant, Joe Negri, Ron Anthony, Joe Carola, Jazz theory and piano with Robert Doak, and Composition with Mike Tomaro; Director of Jazz Studies at Duquesne University. Mark Koch also studied with Pat Martino and appeared with Mr. Martino in the documentary film, "Pat Martino: Open Road."

As a performer with various ensembles, Koch has opened for John Scofield, Diane Schuur, Tony Bennett, Emily Remler, Leni Stern, Yellow Jackets, Joe Beck, Gene Bertoncini and bassist Michael Moore, Delbert McClinton, Randy Brecker, Pat Metheny, Joshua Redman, Joe Pass, Barney Kessel, Stanley Turentine, Concord Jazz Guitar Collective, Kool and the Gang, Three Dog Night, Chubby Checker, and Joan Rivers.

He has accompanied a variety of artist in performances and clinics; Max Roach, Frank Gambale, Emily Remler, Tommy Tedesco, John Pisano, Jimmy Bruno, Howard Alden, Seymour Duncan, Steve Dudas, Johnny Hiland, Bob Babbitt, Carol Kaye, Joe Negri, Bill Warfield, Sheryl Bailey, Mike Stern, Tim Eyermann, Little Anthony, Jerry Vale, Charo, Frankie Avalon, Robert Guillaume, Peter Noone, Tommy Roe, Martha Reeves, Al Martino, Jimmy Beaumont, Bobby Rydell, Gianna Russo, Lou Christie, and a PBS Oldies Spectacular TV Show with Davey Jones, Roger McGuinn and Mitch Ryder, plus Forty-five (45) other performers, will be aired 2010-2011 season.

Mark is the Administrative Director of the MENC/NAMM/GAMA (Music Educators National Conference / National Association of Music Merchants / Guitar and Accessories Marketing Association) "Teaching Guitar" in the classroom program, which was created to revitalize the guitar in education. This very successful task force has trained more than 1,000 high school and middle school music teachers across the United States, who in turn taught more than 280,000 young guitarists.

His solid reputation as a studio musician had led him to recording sessions for US Airways, Pappan Restaurants, the University of Pittsburgh, Roy Rogers, and Four Star Pizza. He has also worked with local radio and TV stations such as WQED, WTAE, WDVE, 3WS and WPXI.

Koch was the musical supervisor for the Mel Shapiro's "The Lay Of The Land," directed by actress Lee Grant. He was also the guitarist for the Pittsburgh Public Theatre Production of "The Hairy Ape" with musical director and Jazz legend Max Roach. The production, directed by George Ferencz, was filmed for the Lincoln Center Archives. He was a Guest Speaker in a 2000 City Theatre production of "Sideman."

Mark was nominated Best Guitarist in Pittsburgh Magazine in 1989, 1990, and 1998.

Mark Koch endorses Benedetto Jazz Guitars and Fender Musical Instruments.