Mark Hatlestad the Principal Viola of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, where he previously was a member of the Viola Section from 2014-2019. Mark also serves as Principal Violist of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, where he is a member Eykamp String Quartet Residency with EPO and the University of Evansville. A Minnesota native, Mark began playing violin at the age of 4, before switching to viola when he was 12. Mark is a graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music (B.M. 15, M.M. 17), where he studied viola performance with Atar Arad and Edward Gazouleas. At IU, Mark studied chamber music with Peter Stumpf, Kevork Madirossian, Mark Kaplan, Stephen Wyrczynski and members of the Pacifica Quartet. An advocate of contemporary music, Mark served as Principal Viola of the school’s New Music ensemble under David Dzubay. Mark studied violin and viola pedagogy with Mimi Zwieg and Brenda Brenner, and served as an assistant instructor at the Indiana University Summer String Academy and in the Fairview Violin Project. Outside of IU, Mark has participated and performed in masterclasses across the world, including studies with Rolland Glassl and Rolland Vamos.