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Aug. 29, 2011/FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu

 

MARK POPKIN,

SCHOOL OF MUSIC FOUNDING FACULTY MEMBER,

HAS DIED

 


WINSTON-SALEM – Mark Popkin, a founding faculty member of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, died Friday. He was 82.

Popkin came south from New York to teach bassoon in the School of Music when the School of the Arts opened in 1965. He was a member of the Clarion Wind Quintet, which was the ensemble-in-residence at the School of the Arts for many years. He also coached chamber music.

In 2003, he received the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. As UNCSA's top teacher, he received a commemorative bronze medallion and a cash prize.

He retired in 2008.

A student of the legendary Simon Kovar, Mark Popkin was a member of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center since its inception in 1966. He performed as principal bassoon with the New Jersey Symphony, the New York Pops, the New York Choral Society and the Winston-Salem Symphony. He performed with the Houston Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Casals Festival Orchestra, the Madeira Bach Festival Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Chamber Symphony, the New York City Center and Metropolitan Opera orchestras, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the Symphony of the Air, and the Columbia Records Orchestra.



Clarion Wind Quintet
(l-r: Fredrick Bergstone, Philip Dunigan, Mark Popkin, Robert Listokin, John Ellis)


Mark Popkin, right, with his wind soloists

He served as adjunct faculty at Queens College of the City University of New York, Duke University, and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville.

He founded and directed the Glickman-Popkin Bassoon Camp, which was held at WildAcres in the N.C. mountains, and Mark Popkin’s Bassoon Camp By-the-Sea.

His book, “Bassoon Reed Making, Repair and Maintenance,” published by the Instrumentalist Company, has been characterized as “the bassoonists’ bible.”

His arrangements for woodwinds were published by the Theodore Presser Company, Edition Compusic, and Alry Publications.

He also designed and produced bassoon reed-making tools.

Popkin received his B.A. in physics from Brooklyn College and his M.S. in industrial engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Dinsmore Popkin, a prominent artist.

Services will be held at Temple Emanuel in Winston-Salem at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

For more information, see an article in Monday's Winston-Salem Journal: http://www2.journalnow.com/news/2011/aug/29/wsmet01-founding-faculty-member-of-uncsa-dies-ar-1339312/

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