News and Performances


New commission for SATB choral work: Lent 2021, St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA.

Commissioned by the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship.

More information forthcoming…


Chamber Music America Conference

Gaudete Brass: Ensemble Showcase

A concert of works featuring Mark’s Vavel Fanfare

Chamber Music America Conference. Majestic Ballroom, 5th floor,
Saturday, January 18th, 2pm.







Gaudete Brass

A concert of works including Mark’s Vavel Fanfare

Christ & St. Steven’s Church
120 West 69th Street New York, NY, 10023 United States

World Premiere: “Quo Vadis”

Commissioned by Three Notch’d Road, Virginia’s Baroque ensemble.

More information about the program here.

Friday, March 6, 2020 at 7:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Church
214 W. Beverley St., Staunton, VA 24401


Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7:30pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church
2401 E Broad St., Richmond, VA 23223


Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 4:00pm
Grace Episcopal Church
5607 Gordonsville Rd., Keswick, VA 22947


World Premiere: “Gwiazdy”

(“Stars”, a setting of a text by Wladyslaw Broniewski)
Alexandra Nowakowski, Soprano
The Embassy Series, Washington D.C.
Residence of the Polish Ambassador
7:30pm to 10pm.

Article about the performance from Operawire

**POSTPONED** due to the Covid-19 virus.


World Premiere:
“Searching Eyes, Angry Eyes, Shining Eyes”

Kent State University New Music Series
KSU New Music Ensemble

Tue Apr 21st 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Concert commemorating the May 4th shootings at Kent State University
Ludwig Recital Hall44242, Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Dr,
Kent, OH 44243, USA

**POSTPONED** due to the Covid-19 virus.

World Premiere of new choral work: August 9th

Vocal Sextet (title TBA)
His Majesty’s Men
St. John Cantius Church, Chicago
Title and exact performance information — including where to purchase tickets — forthcoming soon…


November 9, 2019, 6pm:

“String Quartet #2: Grandfather Songs” (In Memoriam Henryk Gorecki) at the National Radio Orchestra of Poland Symphony Hall.

For tickets and more information, please visit this link.

February 11th

Feature article on the DORICO Showcase blog about Mark’s recent collaboration with Dr. Marcin Arendt, Dr. Kimberly Patterson, Maestro Harvey Felder,and the University of Memphis to bring about the world premiere of “…with their names upon their arms.”

February 16th, Carrol University, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Premiere of “Vavel Fanfare”
Gaudete Brass

March 10, 3pm. Settlement Music School, Philadelphia
Duo 220 plays a concert of mostly new works including Mark’s
Little Suite for Two Guitars.”

March 22nd, the University of Illinois Chicago

Gaudete Brass will play a program of works including Mark’s “Vavel Fanfare

March 23nd, the University of Illinois Chicago
Gaudete Brass will play a program of works including Mark’s “Vavel Fanfare
as part of the Impromptu Fest

April 7th, St Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas
Gaudete Brass will play a program of works including Mark’s “Vavel Fanfare
Series calendar and tickets

April 13th, Cordt College in Iowa
Gaudete Brass, once again performing “Vavel Fanfare.”
Concert Information from Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra calendar.

April 15th, Kent State University, Stark
7pm, Canton, OH, Main Hall of Kent Stark campus
Joint composition recital featuring new works by Mark Nowakowski and his esteemed colleague, Sebastian Birch
Cultural Flash link
Admission is free!

May 4th, Valparaiso University
Time TBA – Gaudete Brass performs “Vavel Fanfare” as part of their mult-day residency

August 2019, St. John Cantius Church, Chicago
Day and time Forthcoming: world premiere commission for His Majesty’s Men

Fall 2019, West Aurora High School
World premiere of “City of Light” for wind ensemble
Date/time TBA


World Premiere: …With their names upon their arms.
The University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra
Marcin Arendt, violin
Kimberly Patterson, Cello.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Harris Concert Hall
University of Memphis

Friday, September 21, 2018
US Premiere: Vavel Fanfare
The Gaudete Brass
410 S Michigan Ave
410 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
Purchase tickets.








The Glory of the Polish Baroque

Poland’s musical heritage is vast and rich,

but its flourishing in the Baroque period is virtually forgotten. Three Notch’d Road is joined by bass Peter Walker and soprano Jessica Petrus to rediscover composers Antoni Milwid, Mikołaj Zieleński, Adam Jarzębski, and Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki, known during his lifetime as “the Polish Handel.” This program will feature a world premiere from composer Mark Nowakowski.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:30pm
First Presbyterian Church
500 Park St., Charlottesville, VA 22902


Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Church
214 W. Beverley St., Staunton, VA 24401


Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 7:30pm
St. Benedict Catholic Church
300 N. Sheppard St., Richmond, VA 23221
Free, non-ticketed performance

Crested Butte Music Festival featuring Jeffrey Zeigler, Cello.

Program includes Nowakowski’s Reaching
August 5, 2018, Crested Butte Colorado – Festival Calendar & Tickets
Emily Ondracek-Peterson, Violin
Jeffrey Zeigler, Cello







Radio Appearance and interview, Polish National Radio 2, “Plytomania”
Screen Shot 2018-03-02 at 11.10.26 AM




Podcast link of broadcast (we are the last item in the program):,Plytomania

World and regional premieres: “Little Suite for Two Guitars”
Adam Larison and Duo 220

Servite Ensemble Workshop, Monday March 9th. Anaheim, CA

Great Guitarists at Stetson Series, Thursday, March 22nd. Deland, FL

The Florida State University Artist Series, Saturday, March 24th. Tallahassee, FL






World Premiere: “tu autem Domine”

Sunday, March 25th, Seminary Center in Szczecin. 7pm.
(Recording to take place on March 24th).









Guest Speaker: Catholic Art Guild

July 14, 2018
“Quality and the Discernment of an authentic Catholic aesthetic”
11:00 am, St. John Cantius Parish Hall
Event website



2017 Appearances

November 13th, 2017

The Music of Mark Nowakowski and Jaime Yamaguchi

Including performers from Kent State University
Kent State University, Stark Campus
Main Hall, 7:30, Free Admission

November 1, 2017
World Premiere Broadcast of Discovering Tolkien
including original soundtrack by Mark Nowakowski
10pm EST, EWTN

(Encore broadcast Saturday, November 4pm, 4pm EST).

July 20th, 2017

Crested Butte Music Festival, 10PM
Voxare Quartet, “After Dark”
…including the world premiere of “A Uśnijże mi, uśnij (Lullaby: O Sleep for me, sleep)
Click here for tickets and more information!






July 14th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 1.53.43 PM


Review of Nowakowski’s “Blood, Forgotten” in Gramophone Magazine!

“The Polish-American composer evokes dramatic and psychological atmospheres as if Bartók and Shostakovich were looking over his shoulder, but with his own sense of urgency, rhythm and colour.

Two string quartets demonstrate Nowakowski’s skill at plumbing the depths of feeling. In two movements, String Quartet No 1, Songs of Forgiveness, touches upon despair and death through interweaving lines of unflinching passion.”











Friday, June 9th

For immediate release:

CD, Streaming, and MP3 ordering information for “Blood, Forgotten.”
NAXOS Records.
Including Emily Ondracek-Peterson and the Voxare Quartet.









Naxos website link

Amazon link

Sklepy w Polsce

An interview with Mark and the Voxare Quartet at CDN.

‘Blood, Forgotten’: Composer Mark Nowakowski and the Voxare String Quartet


Choir of the Pontifical North American College, Rome






Sunday, May , 2017
Italian Premiere of “Sub Tuum Praesidium.”

Ursinus College Wind Ensemble

Featuring the world premiere of Mark’s “Freedom Songs”
April 21, 2017 at 7:30pm
Lenfest Theater, Ursinus College
More information

Kammerraku Moment

part of Kyo-Shin-An Arts NYC Concert Series
Featuring a reprise of “The 26” for Shakuhachi and String Quartet
James Nyoraku Schlefer, Shakuhachi
The Ciompi Quartet

April 23, 2017, 4pm
Tenri Cultural Institute
New York, NY

Composers, Inc. performance





Hit After Hit
with Jack van Geem and Friends
Including Mark’s solo marimba work,

Saturday March 11, 8pm
Green Room at SF War Memorial
401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102

Three Notch’d Road: Flower of Paradise
Music Inspired by the Virgin Mary










Including the world premiere of
“Sub Tuum Praesidium.”

A free pre-concert lecture with violinist
David McCormick and composer Mark Nowakowski
begins one hour before each performance.

Friday, February 3, 2017 at 7:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Church, Staunton
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 7:30pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Ivy

The Bach and Beethoven Experience








Humanities in Spaaaace: Orbits
Including the world premiere of “O Dulcis Electe.”
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
DePaul University Student Center
2250 North Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60614


Cracow Brass Quintet – Vavel Fanfare
Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 6.38.40 PM







The Cracow Brass Quintet will revisit their interpretation of Mark’s Vavel Fanfare on Sunday, August 7, 2016, at 3pm. The free concert will be part of the Nowy Bulwar(T)Sztuki at Zalew Nowuhucki in Nowa Huta, Poland.
Event link #1. Event link #2.

New Music USA grant for Mark Nowakowski & Three Notch’d Road!
Mark has received a generous grant from New Music USA to compose a work for the Virginia based Baroque ensemble Three Nothc’d Road. Tentatively titled “Sub Tuum Praesidium,” the premiere is currently set for February 2017. Please check out our official grant page for more information!

Talk about music composition at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.









Polish premiere of Metanoia!



POLISH PREMIERE of cello octet “Metanoia” along with
Pawel Lukaszewski’s “Placido.”

Philharmonic Hall, Czestochowa, PL. 12.9.15 at 7pm.

Admission free!


O Sacrum Convivium part of new CD

As part of their celebration of 800 years od Dominican life, Dominicana Records has released the latest effort from the Dominican House of Studies Schola: “Gaudeamus.” This CD includes a beautiful rendition of Mark’s O Sacrum Convinvium.

Ordering information may be found here.

More Chicago premieres!








World premiere of Metanoia!

The Monteverdi Cello Octet is preparing for a series of Italian premieres of Mark’s latest work, “Metanoia,” for cello octet.

The world premiere performance will be held October 30, at 8pm, at the main hall at the Conservatorio in Bolzano, IT.

Further information forthcoming.




Full length CD recording on the way…

The acclaimed Voxare Quartet has recently completed a full length recording of Mark’s string works titled: “Blood, Forgotten.”



The album will contain:

  • String Quartet #1: Songs of Forgiveness
  • Blood, Forgotten (for amplified violin and multimedia.)
  • String Quartet #2: Grandfather Songs (In Memoriam Henryk Gorecki.)
  • O ausnij mi, usnij (O sleep for me, sleep)

Release information is forthcoming.

World premiere of The 26.
schleferThe world premiere of “The 26” – commissioned by Kyo-Shin-An Arts , will take place on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at 4pm at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City.
A video of the premiere will be posted on the
“watch” portion of this website.