Meet Haig Mardirosian
Education: 1969 The Catholic University of America, B.M.
1970 The Catholic University of America, M.M.
1972 The Catholic University of America, DMA
Career Specialties: Haig Mardirosian is a professor of music at The University of Tampa. He has earned international standing as a composer, conductor, concert organist and recording artist. He has performed in important international festivals and has 20 recordings to his credit on various labels in the United States and Europe.
As a writer and critic, Mardirosian has contributed nearly 1,500 reviews and features to a variety of publications. For several years, he served as music critic for the Baltimore News-American. He has published in Forecast, The American Organist, The Diapason, the Journal o fAmerican Organ Building and Fanfare (for which he was a reviewer of new recordings for 25 years). He currently contributes a monthly opinion column, "Vox Humana," for The American Organist. Under the auspices of a grant from the Swedish Institute, he has spent time in Sweden to research and write about the music of composer Otto Olsson. He also serves as director of the editorial resources committee of the American Guild of Organists.
Mardirosian has over a dozen recordings to his credit on various labels including Gothic, Centaur, Organo Phon, Mitra, Musical Heritage Society, Westminster, and Monitor. Widely recognized and praised are his recordings of works by Eben, Liszt, Brahms and English composers of the 18th and 20th centuries. Recent releases include a Centaur disc of choral works of Orlande de Lassus, a program also including Mardirosian’s own reconstruction of a set of canons by the Renaissance polyphonist, and “Clavierübung Live,” a live performance of the Bach, Clavierübung, part III. His newest releases are a disc of the complete organ works of Johannes Brahms, marking the second complete set of Brahms he has made, a disc of Gregorian Chant with Ensemble Torculus, and the debut recording of the Dobson Organ of Sykes Chapel at the University of Tampa released by Centaur in Fall 2011.
Mardirosian has been broadcast in live and recorded performances on major global outlets like Northwest German Radio, West German Radio and TV, Belgian Radio, New York’s WQXR and American Public Media. He has performed live broadcast concerts from Harvard University's Busch-Reisinger Museum for Public Radio. His own compositions, published by leading presses, have been performed at the Berlin Festival, the University of San Francisco, the National Gallery of Art, and heard on ABC-TV, the Voice of America, PBS and the BBC. With over 700 recitals to his credit, Mardirosian has also appeared throughout North America and Europe including a concert tour of Switzerland funded by a Swiss-American Cultural Exchange Partner Grant with Ensemble Corund of Luzerne.
Professional and Community Activities: Prior to his appointment at The University of Tampa in 2009, Mardirosian served 33 years as professor of music at American University in Washington, DC, and was senior vice provost and dean of Academic Affairs. He was in national leadership in various organizations concerned with General Education including a board membership with the Council for the Administration of General and Liberal Studies and he has presented frequently at conferences on General Education, First-Year Programming and Retention.
While in Washington, he was also organist and choirmaster of the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes, a place known nationally for its professional choral program and high standard of music.