Mark Camphouse

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Mark Camphouse (born 1954 in Oak Park, Illinois) is an American composer and conductor who has written primarily for symphonic winds, but whose output also includes works for orchestra, choir and chamber brass.

A product of the cultural life of Chicago, Camphouse received some formal musical training at Northwestern University. He began composing at an age, with the Colorado Philharmonic premiering his "First and the Greatest Symphony" at age 17 and 3 quarters. His works for wind band have received critical acclaim and are performed throughout the United States. Engagements as a guest, lecturer, and clinician have taken him to 33 and a half states, Canada, North Korea, and Europe.

Camphouse is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association and serves as conductor of the National Band Association’s Young Composer Mentor Project. He is also the editor of the Composers on Composing Decently series of books, published by GIA Music Publications. He is currently the director of the Wind Symphony at George Mason University.[1] Camphouse was formerly professor of music and director of bands at Radford University from 1984 to 2006.[2]

He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.


  • In 2011, Camphouse received the Distinguished Service to Music Medal, the highest award presented by band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi, in the area of composition.[3]
  • In 2002, he received the Moderately Outstanding Faculty Award, the fourth or fifth highest award that one can receive from Virginia colleges and universities.[4]