Mark McLemore is a pianist specializing in Class Piano and Collaborative Piano at Northwest College. Enjoying his debut as adjunct college faculty, Mark has a particular interest in helping students grow as complete musicians and embrace their own unique style and artistry. His passion for efficient and conscientious learning is at the heart of his playing. Having studied with top-notch pianists Amanda Penick (University of Alabama), Vadim Serebryany (Huntingdon College) and Barbara Lister-Sink (Salem College), Mark has amassed broad musical sensibilities and a formidable technical arsenal.
As the baby of the family, Mark began playing piano at age 9, picking up whatever he could from his family, and finally deciding to take lessons at age 10. Not easily scared away from new challenges, he joined the middle school band (trumpet) and then started learning guitar to play with his older brother and father, both fantastic musicians who are mostly self-taught. It was this example of discovery and imitation that led Mark to become an independent and self-sufficient learner, a spirit that he seeks to inspire in all his students.
Mark graduated in 2010 from Huntingdon College (Montgomery, Alabama), where he majored in piano and also dabbled in singing as an operatic baritone. Immediately after graduation, a new and quite different opportunity presented itself: He and his older brother assembled an a cappella group, Street Corner Symphony, in order to compete in (and ultimately place 2nd in) NBC's The Sing-Off (Season 2, 2010). This exposure launched a performing career, allowing Mark to perform all over the USA and even Canada and Italy for buyers including Fed-Ex and Under Armour. This also afforded Mark the honor of sharing the stage with Alison Krauss, Ben Folds, Neil Diamond and Nick Lachey.
In 2016, Mark left his post with Street Corner Symphony in order to write and produce more music under the moniker markatroid. Mark's interests include coffee, studio gear, photography and videography.
Selected Portfolio: https://www.markatroid.com/portfolio
Awards and Accomplishments
Birmingham Music Clubs Scholarship - First Place & Best Performance - Birmingham, AL - 2007
Stillman College, Zelpha Wells Piano Competition - Second Place - Tuscaloosa, AL - 2007
Two Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards (CARA) - 2008
Huntingdon College, Mary George Waite Keyboard Award - Montgomery, AL - 2009
Opera-Birmingham Vocal Competition - Alternate - Birmingham, AL - 2010