Mark Scatterday

Mark Davis Scatterday was the Director of Wind Ensembles, Associate Professor of Music, and Chair of the Department of Music at Cornell University from 1989-2004 where he conducted the University’s four Wind Ensembles, Festival Chamber Orchestra, and Ensemble X and taught conducting and music theory.

Having received a Doctorate in Conducting at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music in 1989, Professor Scatterday has directed wind ensembles and orchestras throughout North America and Japan.

Photo of past CU Winds director Mark Scatterday

Mark Scatterday maintains an active guest conducting schedule as well as researching and writing articles involving score analysis, performance practices, and conducting. His articles on the wind and percussion music of Karel Husa have been published in editions of the College Band Director’s National Association Journal and Band Director’s Guide. Currently, he is Senior Editor of WindWorks, a Warner Brothers publication dealing with new compositions and transcriptions, research, and performance practice for the wind band. Warner Bros. has also recently published his compilation and edition of ten early instrumental works by Gabrieli, Padovano and Viadana entitled Renaissance Set I as part of the Donald Hunsberger Wind Library. An advocate of contemporary music, Scatterday has commissioned several new works for wind band including world premiere performances of Roberto Sierra’s Diferencias (1997), Steven Burke’s Knots (1998) and Devil’s Tail (1997), Sydney Hodkinson’s Duo Cantatae Breves (1995), and David Borden’s Notes from Vienna (1994).


Our Mission

CU Winds unites student musicians in an ensemble dedicated to the study and performance of emerging and traditional wind repertoire. We explore music making as a vehicle for cross-cultural exchange and collaboration, and in doing so support Cornell's core values of public engagement and global awareness.