Dr. Mark A Stickney is the Director of Bands and an Associate Professor of Music at Plymouth State University, where he directs the Symphonic Band, coordinates the graduate Instrumental Music Education program, and teaches courses in conducting, applied low brass and music education. In addition, he serves as the coordinator of the All New England Band Festival and the New England Band Directors Institute. Since 2016, has served as the Artistic Director of the Seacoast Wind Ensemble, based in Kittery, ME.
Prior to his appointment at Plymouth State University, Dr. Stickney served as the Director of Bands at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, UT. He has also held conducting and brass teaching positions at the Community College of Rhode Island, Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Salve Regina University in Newport, RI; and has conducted performances at the Utah Music Educators Association Conference and at Carnegie Hall. An active clinician and guest conductor, Dr. Stickney has worked with middle school, high school, and college bands throughout the United States and regularly conducts honors festivals throughout the country.
Performing on trombone, euphonium and tuba, Dr. Stickney has been a member of The American Band, Fanfare Brass, The Narragansett Tuba Quartet, and as a member of the Rutgers Wind Ensemble, he has appeared on multiple recordings on the Mark Custom Music label. He has performed with the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Southern Utah, and the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed at the Newport Music Festival and throughout southern New England.
A doctoral research project on contemporary Swedish wind music has led to an article in the WASBE journal and brought about the North American premieres of several works by Swedish composers Rolf Martinsson, Max Käck and Ingvar Karkoff. Currently he is researching 19th century music of both Newport, Rhode Island and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Dr. Stickney has arranged several works for band, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments based on this research, leading to performances at the Newport (RI) 4th of July celebration and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. His articles have appeared in music education journals throughout the United States.
For 28 seasons, Dr. Stickney worked for the Newport Music Festival in Rhode Island. For the last 16 of those seasons he served as the Production Manager, overseeing all aspects of staging, lighting, sound and recording.
Dr. Stickney received his DMA in Wind Conducting from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where he studied with Dr. William Berz. He received his MA in Tuba Performance from Montclair State University (NJ), and his BA from Gettysburg College.