Mark Reis has been a Section Violist with the Dayton Philharmonic since 1988. He earned a Performance Certificate from Peabody Conservatory in 1984 and a Bachelor of Music from Miami University (Oxford) in 1987, where he graduated magna cum laude and received two Cynthia Fischer Boecke Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate String Playing. This was followed by a Master of Music in 1989. At graduation that year, Mark was awarded Miami University’s Graduate Student Achievement Award.
His current day job includes being an adjunct faculty member at both Sinclair College and Dayton Public Schools (Stivers School for Creative Arts). Mark has been a Suzuki and traditional teacher since 1984 for the Street & Reis Violin Studio. He was also Ohio’s first registered Suzuki viola instructor.
Mark is from the Cincinnati area and started viola in the third grade in the Finneytown School District. He served as Principal Viola of the Southwest Regional Youth Orchestra. He has been a member of the Hamilton, Middletown, Blue Ash, and Richmond Symphony Orchestras and has subbed with both the Columbus and Annapolis Symphony Orchestras.
One of Mark’s fondest memories was at Peabody, performing with the student orchestra at a national Business Consortium for the Gifted and Talented hosted by then Vice President George H. W. Bush at the Vice Presidential Mansion in 1983. He also has been a member of the ensemble that toured with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé, Linda Ronstadt, and Andy Williams. And at one time, he was a pastry prep for a restaurant.