Music Director, Vermont Youth Orchestra Association
“Mark Alpizar’s conducting, charming personality and fine clarinet playing make him a natural for any pops concert! Mark’s clear gestures, organizational skills, and ability to work quickly yet efficiently are attributes that he brings to all his conducting, in both classical and pops settings.”
Music Director, Cleveland Pops Orchestra
Southern California native Mark Alpízar has enjoyed a multifaceted career as a conductor, clarinetist, and music educator throughout the United States. He is the music director of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association and is currently a regular guest conductor of the Holland Symphony in Michigan, the conductor for three-time Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar, and the cover conductor of the Alabama Symphony.
Prior to his move to Vermont, he was the assistant conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Youth, the American Youth Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his professional positions, Alpízar was instrumental faculty at Lake Erie College in Northeast Ohio, and conducting faculty at CSU Long Beach’s Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. Committed to music education, Alpízar was the music director of the Four Seasons Youth Orchestra in Orange County for seven seasons. He holds a doctorate in orchestra and opera conducting from Arizona State University as well as masters and bachelors degrees from the Cole Conservatory of Music.