Mark Morash is a conductor and pianist originally from Halifax, Canada. Currently, he serves as the Director of Musical Studies for the San Francisco Opera Center. There, he has conducted for the Merola program, the Adler Fellow Showcase and Western Opera Theater. He has also led performances of A Streetcar Named Desire, La Serva Padrona and Trouble in Tahiti for Opera Santa Barbara, Rigoletto for Opera Colorado, and Don Giovanni and The Turn of the Screw for the Lincoln Theater in Yountville, CA. San Francisco Opera Center performances have included Gianni Schicchi, Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, The Barber of Seville, The Rape of Lucretia, Albert Herring, Così fan tutte, Die Fledermaus, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Pasatieri’s The Seagull. Recent performances include conducting debuts with Canada’s Manitoba Chamber Orchestra as well as with Hawaii Opera Theater leading Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Most recently, Morash conducted Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress for the 2018 Merola Opera Program.
As a collaborative pianist, Morash’s performances have taken him throughout Canada, the U.S.A. as well as to Japan and Russia. Artists with whom Morash has appeared include Leah Crocetto, Melody Moore, Elza van den Heever, Quinn Kelsey and Michael Schade. He has accompanied numerous emerging singers in San Francisco Opera’s esteemed Schwabacher Debut recitals. He performed in the west coast premiere of Ned Rorem’s song cycle Evidence of Things Not Seen for “Other Minds Music Festival”.
In addition to his work with young artists in San Francisco, Morash has done master coach residencies for Pacific Opera Victoria, Hawaii Opera, for the Kia Ora and Malvina Major Foundations in New Zealand and most recently for the Calgary Opera. He has been involved with the Opera Center of Pittsburgh Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, the Banff Centre as well as having taught at the University of Toronto. He has given masterclasses throughout the USA and Canada.
Recent piano performances include a chamber music concert in San Francisco Opera’s “Chamberworks” series as well as a Schwabacher Debut recital with rising young soprano Toni Marie Palmertree,
Morash is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he studied collaborative piano with Martin Katz.