Mark Urness is a versatile bassist, composer,
and educator. His diverse performance experience encompasses orchestral,
chamber, solo, jazz playing. He was awarded First Prize in the International
Society of Bassists Jazz Competition. His
unaccompanied jazz CD, Foreground, was
released in 2009. Bass World magazine described his playing as “completely in command of the instrument and the tunes, rife with good ideas, melodic instinct, and groove, not to mention killer intonation on the double stops and chords.” Recent performances include Chamber music broadcasts on Wisconsin Public Radio, and jazz performances with Bill Carrothers, Geoffery Keezer, Reggie Thomas, and Joe Locke.
Prior to his appointment to the faculty of
Lawrence University, Mr. Urness taught at the University of Iowa, Coe College,
and the University of Northern Iowa. He received a Master of Music in double
bass performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of
Music, a Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Northern Iowa, and
studied music and computer science at the University of Iowa.