MARK PACOE - Biography

Mark Pacoe has performed as soloist and accompanist domestically and abroad.  As prize winner from the Oundle International Young Organists’ Academy in Great Britain, Mark has performed recitals at St. Paul’s Cathedral (London), Chichester Cathedral (West Sussex) and St. Mary’s Cathedral (Edinburgh Fringe Festival).   Other performances include the Artisten in Göteborg, Sweden, St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, the Cathedral of St. Patrick in New York, the Poulenc ‘Concerto for Organ, Strings and Tympani’ with members of the Naples Philharmonic in Florida, St. Paul’s Cathedral (Pittsburgh), Trinity Church (Copley Square – Boston), Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (Los Angeles), Princeton Chapel, “Voices in the House International Music Festival” concerts at Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall (2007 and 2011), and “Perform in Harmony with Olympic Spirit” at Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, the Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai (2008), and at Vienna’s Peterskirche and Konzerthaus as featured soloist for the International Haydn Festival (2009).   Recent engagements include The Connecticut Choral Society (Danbury), The Montgomery (Alabama) AGO chapter recital series, the International Organ Festival in Amsterdam (Oude Kerk), Koepelkerk (Purmerend, Netherlands) and Hooglandse Kerk (Leiden, Netherlands).  Upcoming performances include Ft. Worth (Texas) AGO series (Casavant Magnum Opus), Plainfield (NJ), Butler (PA), and Italy. 
Mr. Pacoe holds degrees from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, and did post-graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, NY.  His primary teachers include Ronald Gould, Ronald Doiron, Janette Fishell and David Higgs. Mr. Pacoe is a member of the American Guild of Organists and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and is also on the artist roster of the Concert Organists Collective.  He has published several articles on sacred music in the GIA Quarterly (Gregorian Institute of America), Fall 1996, Summer 2003 and Fall 2003 and Word on Worship, the Newsletter of the Office of Divine Worship of the Archdiocese of Newark in Spring 2006.  Mr. Pacoe has adjudicated organ competitions including the George Markey Scholarship (Metro NJ Chapter AGO), AGO Region I RCYO Competition (2011), and the John Rodland Scholarship (2012), the largest performance and sacred music scholarship in the USA.