Mark Pomerantz is a senior lecturer of music theory and aural skills at the University of the Incarnate Word and the recipient of the 2014 CHASS Teaching Award. He holds a B.M. in Theory/Composition from Sam Houston State University, and a M.M. in theory and composition from Texas State University, where he taught music theory, jazz arranging, and directed various large and small jazz ensembles. In addition to teaching and composing. Mark is also a pianist, arranger, conductor, and music copyist. He has performed with the orchestras of Tex Beneke, and Russ Morgan, and with such notable performers as Bill Watrous, Marvin Stamm, Pete Christlieb, Jack Jones, and Pete Barbutti. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by Stan Mark (former lead trumpet with Maynard Ferguson), the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, the Houston Jazz Society Big Band, and The Pat Longo Orchestra in Los Angeles, as well as by numerous high school and college jazz ensembles at such prestigious festivals as the Aspen Jazz Festival, the Berkeley Jazz Festival, and the Wichita Jazz Festival. His conducting experience includes such musicals as My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, Ain't Misbehavin', Sophisticated Ladies, Oliver, and Crazy For You. Mark also served as a music copyist for the studios of Universal and Warner Brothers, and with the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, and the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. Presently, Mark resides in San Antonio, where in addition to teaching at the University of the Incarnate Word, he performs with various jazz vocalists and groups including Ken Slavin, Johnny P. and the Wise Guys, and the Primetime Jazz Orchestra.