Biography

I, Mark Epling, received a Master of Arts Degree in Piano Performance from Northeastern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Piano Performance also from Northeastern. My teachers have included Lydia Sterba, Helen Engler, Allan Anderson and Harold Berlinger.

I have taught piano privately to beginners through advanced levels for 21 years. I regularly encourage students to participate and work towards performance goals. These include the ISMTA AIM Examinations, National Guild of Piano Playing Auditions, recitals, competitions and festivals.

I have been an active member of the Joliet Chapter of the Illinois State Music Teachers' Association for the last eighteen years. I have held the office of secretary, newsletter editor, publicity chair, membership chair, and president. At present, I serve as the AIM Chairperson for the Joliet MTA.

I serve as Music Director at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in far west Joliet, IL where I lead the Adult and Youth Choirs, sing as vocalist and play piano/organ for weekend Masses. I began as accompanist for SFX in 2005 and assumed Music Director in 2010.

I am adjunct piano faculty at the University of St. Francis. I have performed with the Joliet Symphony Orchestra and I'm active as an accompanist for vocal, instrumental, choral performances and theater productions. I am the music director for the "Summertime on Stage" Drama camp, held in the summer at Bicentennial Theater in Joliet serving as vocal director and accompanist.

I am active as an adjudicator and have judged many piano festivals, competitions, auditions and examinations.

I continue my professional development by attending conferences, including the Illinois State Music Teachers' Conventions and other workshops and clinics.

I am the webmaster of my studio website eplingmusicstudio.com.

I have been married to my wife, Judy for 23 years and I have a 16 year-old daughter, Kathryn. She is one of my students! I enjoy family time, cooking, gardening, exercise and attending music concerts.