Composer Jonathan Newmark, born New York City in 1953, pianist, violist, and conductor, received his MM degree in composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2015. His teachers have included Joel Hoffman,Douglas Knehans, and Michael Fiday, at CCM, as well as Jonathan Kolm, Gloria Wilson Swisher, and James McVoy. He played viola in the Tacoma (WA) Symphony for four seasons, and guest conductedthe Independence Sinfonia of Philadelphia. He has participated at the Chamber Music Conference at Bennington, VT since 1981 and worked there with composers Allen Shawn, Martin Bresnick, DanielStrong Godfrey, Kurt Rohde, Paul Moravec, Chen Yi, Pierre Jalbert and TedHearne. His 1997 String Trio co-won the Southeastern Composers Competition at Old Dominion University in 2000. Works of his premiered at the Charlotte New Music Festival, North Carolina, 2015 and the Walden School Creative Musician’s Retreat, Dublin, New Hampshire, 2014. Trinity Chamber Orchestra of Washington, DC premiered his orchestral overture in 2015. His work is published by TrevCo Varner Music. His horn Chaconne received honorable mention at the Wright State University horn competition (2015) and his Serenade for wind quintet (2013) has been accepted for the 2016 Festival of New Music at Ball State University in Indiana. A CD of four of his chamber works was released in 2009 on the Music Unlimited label; his 2001 trio appears on anupcoming CD by bassoonist Benjamin Coelho (University of Iowa).
A 1974 graduate of Harvard College, he earned his MD degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1978, and is aboard-certified neurologist, full professor of neurology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, retired Colonel in the US ArmyMedical Corps, former Chemical Casualty Care Consultant to the Army Surgeon General (2002-2012), consultant to the Office of Health Affairs, US Department of Homeland Security, and one of the nation’s leading authorities on medical response to chemical warfare and terrorism. He lives in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC.