Clarinetist Mark Dover is a man of many horns, always striving to have his feet in as many different genres as he can. While always maintaining firm roots in classical music, he’s also devoted his career to searching as deep as he can into the vast world of improvised music.
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Mark was privileged to grow up in a town with a strong commitment to arts education, and with parents who were passionate about the arts.
In addition to performing with Imani Winds, his orchestral appearances include performances with the Detroit Symphony conducted by Leonard Slatkin, the Cleveland Orchestra with David Zinman, the Blossom Music Festival Orchestra and regular performances with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach.
Mark is on the clarinet faculty at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He’s conducted master classes at numerous academic institutions throughout the country, including the University of Michigan, the Manhattan School of Music and the University of South Carolina.
Mark has an extensive background in jazz, funk and improvised music. He is a frequent collaborator with Vulfpeck, an American funk band formed in his hometown of Ann Arbor. His duo Port Mande with pianist/producer Jeremy Jordan perform their own original music frequently throughout New York at various venues, including a recent debut at National Sawdust.
A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Mark received his Masters of Music from the Manhattan School of Music and his Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan. His most influential teachers include David Krakauer, Deborah Chodacki, and Jay DeVries. He lives in New York City with his wife, soprano Faylotte Crayton, and his little girl Lulu – currently learning to walk, talk and cause as much mayhem as possible.