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Camphouse, Marklocked

  • Charles Conrad

(b Oak Park, IL, May 3, 1954). American composer, conductor, educator, and author. Camphouse is one of the leading composers of works for wind band. He has served since 2006 on the faculty of George Mason University, where he conducts the Wind Symphony and teaches conducting and composition. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern University, where his teachers included John Paynter (conducting), Adolph Herseth and Vincent Cichowicz (trumpet), and Alan Stout (composition).

He has composed more than 25 band works, including A Movement for Rosa; Whatsoever Things; Watchman, Tell of the Night; The Shining City; To Build a Fire; and Symphony from Ivy Green for soprano and wind orchestra. He conceived and edited the four-volume series Composers on Composing for Band. Camphouse is a member of the American Bandmasters Association and is a frequent guest conductor and clinician. He served as director of bands at Radford University (1984–2006) and music director of the New Mexico Music Festival at Taos (1977–82). He won the 1991 National Band Association Composition Competition and has served as coordinator of the Association’s Young Composer Mentor Project since 2000. Governor Mark Warner presented him with a 2002 Outstanding Faculty Award, Virginia’s highest honor for excellence in teaching, research, and public service.


  • Camphouse, Mark
  • ed.: “Mark Camphouse,” Composers on Composing for Band (Chicago, 2002), 1, 79–135


  • W.H. Rehrig: The Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music (Westerville, OH, 1991, 1996); CD-ROM (Oskaloosa, IA, 2005) (includes selective works list)
  • N.E. Smith: Program Notes for Band (Lake Charles, LA, 2000), 105–6