Mark Baker has served as a music educator for the past 33 years, teaching students on the elementary, middle school, and high school level. He is in his 11th year as Head Choral Director at Denton High School and serves as Fine Arts Department Chair. Mark received his B. S. in Music Education from Indiana Wesleyan University and his M. A. in Music Education from Texas Woman’s University.
Mark currently serves TMEA as Region 2 President. He has served in a number of other leadership positions in TMEA, including High School Region Chair in Region 2 and Middle School Region Chair in Regions 5 and 24. Two of the terms in which he served as Region Chair were when new regions were being formed and he provided leadership in melding different regions’ policies into a new Region Handbook. Mark has served as a clinician for All-Region Choirs throughout the state. He also served as the TMEA All-State Men’s Choir Section Leader in 2008.
During his thirty plus years of teaching, Mark has been the recipient of numerous awards, including being named Teacher of the Year for Denton ISD in 1996. He has been named in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers on numerous occasions and was presented the prestigious CARE award by the Greater Denton Arts Council in 1997 for promoting arts in the community.
Mark has served as a church choral director for the past 42 years in various states, including Michigan, Kansas, Indiana, Maryland, West Virginia, and most recently in Texas. He has directed children, youth, collegiate, adult, and senior adult church choirs. Mark took a year sabbatical from college to tour the United States with New Hope, a contemporary Christian music ensemble. His father served as a Free Methodist minister in the East Michigan Conference for 42 years.
Mark is married to Vicki Baker, and loves his dogs.