On April 21st, 2024, Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Shippensburg University-Community Orchestra, Dr. Hartman, showcased his final performance. Ship U is grateful to have gotten to honor his expertise in the violin and guitar and wishes him the best in his retirement. 

Throughout Hartman’s tenure, he had a great impact on academia and within music. Previously, Hartman taught at Central College, Houghton College, Wake Forest University and the Winston-Salem public schools. Hartman’s dedication and expertise in music has earned him a longstanding reputation. 

His musician background began under respected mentors such as Katie Lansdale, Rachel Huang, Elaine Richey and Varton Manoogian. Hartman’s ambition led him to earn a master’s in music education from the University of North Carolina, followed by his doctorate in musical arts in violin performance.

Hartman’s love of music expands upon a wide variety of genres ranging from classical to jazz.  Through his pioneer work in integrating jazz harmonies into string pedagogy, he received widespread recognition within music education. He played various instruments such as the violin, mandolin, guitar and the banjo. 

Hartman believed it was important to nurture young talent. As an educator and mentor, he was an adjudicator for various competitions across North Carolina, South Carolina and Iowa, leaving an impact on aspiring musicians throughout the US. 

During Hartman’s final performance, he served as both a conductor and soloist. He captured the audience with his rendition of the Janet Peachey violin concerto, “Earth Etchings”, in celebration of Earth Day. He was joined by guest conductor Ryan Kozak, director of the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra. The concert featured a collection inspired by nature which included works by Grieg, Mozart and Strauss. 

Dr. Mark L. Hartman’s Farewell Performance at Shippensburg University's Community Orchestra Spring Concert

Hartman has built a legacy for himself at Shippensburg University, the community orchestra and well beyond. His tenure at Shippensburg was closed off with a beautiful performance that will be remembered, and his talent and contributions will continue to leave an impact.