Mark Watters returns for his eighth Tarbell Awards Show. Following his conducting of “South Pacific” for last year’s show, this versatile composer, arranger, conductor and performer has been active in a variety of idioms. Most recently, he completed a nation-wide tour conducting “Star Wars In Concert.” He also completed original video game scores for Toy Story 3 and Ben 10: Alien Force. His previous composing credits include Doug’s First Movie, Kronk’s New Groove, Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas, The Return Of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves for Disney, The Pebble And The Penguin and All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 for MGM as well as over 300 episodes of various television series including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Tiny Toon Adventures, The New Pink Panther, All Dogs Go To Heaven, 101 Dalmatians and NBC’s A Very Muppet Christmas. In 1996, Mark served as Music Director for the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta for which he received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction and an Emmy nomination for his original song “Faster, Higher, Stronger,” performed by opera legend Jessye Norman and co-written with lyricist Lorraine Feather. He returned to the Olympic podium again as Music Director for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games where he had the honor of working with the acclaimed Utah Symphony and the Grammy Award winning Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Again, he was awarded the Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction.
An accomplished conductor, Mr. Watters has guest conducted such orchestras as The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The London Symphony, The Detroit Symphony, and The Atlanta Symphony. His performances in concert, on CD and on television have been with such artists as Trisha Yearwood, Sting, Yo Yo Ma, Beyonce, Mary J Blige, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill, Enya, Mel Torme, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Barry Manilow, The Decemberists and Art Garfunkle. In 2002 he co-conducted the Academy Awards with John Williams.
He currently serves on the prestigious Board of Governors of the Television Academy and is a past president of The Society of Composers and Lyricists.