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Dr. Mark Webb

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Dr. Mark Webb, adjunct associate professor of music and so much more, will be retiring from teaching in May 2021. To say that this gentleman will be missed by students, alumni, colleagues and the administration of Aquinas College, would be a large understatement. Let me remind you of just a few things that Mark has accomplished during his career.

With bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education and choral conducting from the University of Michigan, Mark Webb started his teaching career at East Kentwood High School. After many years developing a top program there, he was hired by the East Grand Rapids school system to serve in the same capacity at EGRHS. While teaching full time and serving as a church choir director throughout these years, Mark earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University. Dr. Webb retired from public school teaching in 2009, after serving for 33 years as a secondary vocal music teacher. 

His past positions included choral/opera coordinator and director of the International Choral Ensemble at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, visiting professor of music at Albion College, and president of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association, receiving the honor of Teacher of the Year from that organization in 2003. In addition, Dr. Webb more recently retired as the director of the Chancel Choir at Mayflower Congregational Church and the Chamber Choir of Grand Rapids. He has been a guest clinician for school and church choirs throughout Michigan as well as hosting choral clinics on campus for regional Catholic high School choral programs the past few years.

He and his wife Susan have two daughters: Natalie (married to Mickey Bullock) and Ashley (married to Nick Cintorino). Mark and Susan also have five grandchildren: Jeremiah and Hanna Bullock; and Ella, Vadah and Brooks Cintorino. Aquinas has been grateful that Mark’s family has allowed the music department to occupy a large part of his time, especially since his high-school teaching retirement, as the College’s Chorus director in the early 2000s, a half-time position, a visiting professorship and then back to a half-time position this year with three AQ choral ensembles going strong this spring. Dr. Mark Webb’s contributions in the past four years have provided that extra “pair of hands” needed to prepare the department for the National Association of Schools of Music accreditation, which was approved in November 2019.

How can we keep from singing? Our thanks for all of his contributions to AQ and the broad choral community.

Some of you may already know that Dr. Webb has enjoyed arranging and composing choral music. Particularly moving are the several settings of texts by our patron saint, Saint Thomas Aquinas. Several of his pieces can be found at My Score, a publishing site through the JW Pepper Company. In addition, Mark has become interested in the production of virtual choir performances. 

Virtual Performances

  • Amazing Grace, arranged by Dr. Webb and performed by the Aquinas College Collegiate Singers. 
  • The Lord Is My Shepherd, composed by Dr. Webb and performed by the Chamber Choir of Grand Rapids.
  • Magnificat, composed by Bill Marfink and arranged for choir by Dr. Webb. This recording was performed by Aquinas alumni, friends and colleagues as a tribute to Bill shortly after he passed away in October 2020. 
  • Songs from the December 2020 Aquinas College Service of Lessons and Carols:

Thank you, Mark R. Webb, D.M.A., for the many talents that you brought to your teaching, your students and the entire music program at Aquinas College over all of these years. May you and your family enjoy your second career as a full-time grandfather, good health and the many great memories that you helped to create throughout your choral career. Hopefully, you will be able to get away for a choral clinic or two and composing/arranging more beautiful choral settings for years and years to come.

Congratulations, Dr. Webb!