Dr. Mark R. Hansen came to Boise State University in 2007 as professor and chair of the Department of Music. His previous faculty and administrative positions were at Gettysburg College, Western Illinois University, Illinois Wesleyan University, and the University of Central Arkansas. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music – Magna cum Laude from the University of Utah, a Master's from Brigham Young University in piano performance, and then his Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of North Texas. His teachers and coaches have included Joseph Banowetz, Alicia de Larrocha, Paul Pollei, and Gladys Gladstone. Dr. Hansen has a long-standing research interest in Catalan piano literature and pedagogical methods, and also enjoys choral conducting, organ performance, and the composition and publication of sacred choral music. Some of the exciting developments since Dr. Hansen came to Boise State include becoming Idaho’s first All-Steinway School, which was celebrated with a special performance at the annual holiday concert in 2011, and the creation of four new graduate fellowships in partnership with the Boise Philharmonic, and funded in part by Boise State’s Arts and Humanities Institute.
Soloist, Beethoven Choral Fantasy, Holiday Concert, Department of Music, Boise State University (2009)
Soloist, Cameo Performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Blue Thunder Marching Band, BSU/Hawaii game (broadcast on ESPN) Boise State University (2008)
Department/School of Music Leadership in the 21st Century (with Kevin Brower), National Association of Schools of Music Annual Meeting (2010)
Well Kept Pedagogical Secrets from Spain, Idaho Music Educators Association (IMEA) (2010)
The Role of Competitive Activities in the Development of Piano Students, Keyboard Companion (1992)
Contributions to Books