Faculty & Staff
Praised by Opera News for his “exemplary clarinet playing,” Mark Dover joined Grammy-nominated wind quintet Imani Winds in 2016.As both part of Imani Winds and as a featured artist, Dover has collaborated with pianists Gil Kalish, Fabio Bidini, Jon Nakamatsu, and Alpin Hong; violinists Caroline Goulding, Alexi Kenney, and Francesca dePasquale; and cellist Brook Speltz. He has conducted master classes at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance and Manhattan School of Music, and performed with the Detroit Symphony under Leonard Slatkin, the Cleveland Orchestra under David Zinman at the Kent/Blossom Festival, the New World Symphony, and other symphony and chamber orchestras throughout the Northeast. Dover has participated in the Pacific Music Festival and the Spoleto Festival, among many others.Dover has given several world premieres of works written for him, including Jonathan Ragonese’s Non-Poem 4 with pianist Jeremy Jordan, which premiered as part of the Live at National Sawdust series in 2017 on WFMT Chicago and WKCR NYC, and Michael Thurber’s Quadruple Concerto Three Musketeers, commissioned by and broadcasted nationally on NPR’s From the Top with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra and soloists Kris Bowers, Charles Yang, and Michael Thurber.
Dover has an extensive background in jazz and improvised music. He is a frequent collaborator with American funk band Vulfpeck and can be heard on their album, Thrill of the Arts. Dover has performed and/or recorded with numerous jazz, pop, and soul musicians, including Edward Simon, Brian Blade, Scott Colley, David Binney, Bernard Purdie, Cyrille Aimée, Darren Criss, Theo Katzman, Joey Dosik, Dave Malloy, Phillipa Soo, and Stephen Pasquale.
A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Dover received his MM from Manhattan School of Music and his BM from the University of Michigan. His major teachers include David Krakauer, Deborah Chodacki, Nathan Williams, and Jay DeVries.