Professor of Double Bass, Electric Bass
Coordinator of Contemporary Media
Dr. Mark Foley is Principal Double Bass of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra; he spends his summers with the orchestra of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder. Mark was a featured soloist with the Wichita Symphony for their 2014-15 season. Other recent concerts include appearances with Leon Fleisher, the Saint Petersburg String Quartet, Eugene Friesen, Darol Anger, and Wichita’s Chamber Music at the Barn series.
A mainstay of the Wichita jazz scene, Mark is a first-call bassist for club dates and sessions with local and national players; recent jazz collaborations include performances with Jerry Hahn and Matt Wilson as well as with the jazz faculty of Wichita State University. Mark is also an avid bluegrass player, taking part in jam sessions and concerts at the Walnut Valley Music Festival in Winfield every year.
Mark is the founder and musical director of the Knob Festival of New Music, an annual
series of concerts presenting performances of wildly diverse new works by local, national
and international artists.
He holds degrees in music performance from the University of Minnesota, the Eastman School of Music, and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where his doctoral thesis brought to light a previously unpublished double bass concerto written in Vienna at the time of Haydn.
Mark plays a double bass made in 1810 by Raphael and Antonio Gagliano of Naples, Italy.