October Art Exhibitor
Opening Reception/Meet the Artist
is Sunday, October 6th at 11:15am
Mark Capucini, a Sandusky native, grew up enjoying Lake Erie and the Sandusky Bay, and all the creatures that call it home. He’s been an avid sailor for more than 30 years and most recently, spends a good deal of time capturing the beauty of the local water ways and sites.
He’s always had a way with animals and his photographic eye reflects this gift. While he enjoys taking photos of downtown Sandusky from his sailboat, his true love is photographing birds and waterfowl in Sandusky, Huron and near his home in Avon Lake. Mark upgraded his camera Nikon D500 with a Tamron ultra-telephoto lens with a range of 150 to 600 millimeters.
Cole Burger teaches and coordinates class piano and pedagogy in the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University. He also teaches applied piano, chamber music, music theory, and related subjects at Lutheran Summer Music and served for twelve summers on the faculty at Camp Encore/Coda.
As a solo and collaborative pianist, he has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, including Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Rome’s Teatro di Marcello, the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, the Goethe Institute in Bangkok, the American Cathedral in Paris, and the United States Ambassador’s Home in Malaysia. He taught applied piano as a guest professor at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, while a member of the Fulbright Specialist Roster, sponsored by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. He has won prizes at the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, Seattle International Piano Competition, the American Prize in Piano Performance, and the Janice K. Hodges Contemporary Piano Performance Competition. He has also organized and performed in various benefit recitals for non-profit organizations that have raised more than $60,000.
Burger has given lectures, presentations, and master classes at the local, state, national, and international levels, including the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, MTNA Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, the Milan Conservatory (Italy), UCSI University in Malaysia, and the Greek chapter of the International Society for Music Education in Thessaloniki. His peer-reviewed journal publications appear in the College Music Society Symposium and American Music Teacher.
Dr. Burger holds degrees in piano performance and economics from Northwestern University and the University of Texas. His primary studies were with Anton Nel, David Renner, Sylvia Wang, and he also participated in masterclasses with Claude Frank, John Perry, and Douglas Humpherys. He also thanks Marcia Bostis, Sophia Gilmson, and Martha Hilley for their deep influence on his teaching.