Mark Winges was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and currently resides in San Francisco, where he has been resident composer/advisor for the chamber choir Volti since 1990. He was also composer-in-residence for the San Francisco Choral Artists in the 2012–13 season. He is a graduate of both the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and San Francisco State University, and has studied at the Musikhögskolan in Stockholm, Sweden, with composer Arne Mellnäs.
Gramophone magazine has characterized Winges’ music as “Stylistically adventurous in setting, but strongly beholden to conventional means.” SF Classical Voice describes him as “a composer with the skill and self-confidence to write music that is clear, direct, and at times even simple, but not at all simple-minded.” Winges has had residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Fundación Valparaiso (Mojácar, Spain), and the Ragdale Foundation. He has been accepted for a residency in January 2022 at the Visby (Sweden) International Centre for Composers.
Spun Light, a “distanced” concerto for violin and chamber ensemble received its virtual premiere in February 2021 by the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and Icelandic violinist Hrabba Atladottir. Tomorrow’s Dream Not The Same for 16 solo voices was premiered by Volti in February 2020, the performance slipping in a mere week and a half before the ‘great pause.’ Other recent pieces include Light Becoming Song, a cycle of 18 pieces for organ written for Hans-Ola Ericsson, and Adventure in the Air, a concerto for soprano saxophone and wind orchestra written for James Spinazzola, which is scheduled for premiere in May 2022. Two upcoming projects are a song cycle for mezzo-soprano and instruments for Megan Ihnen and a series of short works for pianist Blaise Bryski.