CCU Spotlights

Mark Dorn

Mark  Dorn

Professor of Music & Coordinator of Instrumental Music
School of Music

  • M.M. Trumpet Performance (Indiana University)
  • M.A. Biblical Counseling (Colorado Christian University)
  • B.M.E. Music Education (Indiana University)


Phone: 303-963-3133

Professional Accomplishments:

  • Producer of acclaimed show troupe, The KIDS from Wisconsin.
  • Active freelance trumpet artist.
  • Clinician/adjudicator at various jazz and symphonic band festivals.
  • Published writer.

Mark Dorn is professor of music at CCU, where he serves as coordinator of instrumental music, conducts the Symphonic Band, directs the Mainstream jazz ensemble, and performs regularly on trumpet. Additionally, he teaches private trumpet, conducting, and jazz improvisation lessons, and supervises senior music majors in their senior thesis projects. In over twenty years of touring with CCU ensembles, he has presented band and jazz concerts in more than 60 cities in 15 states. In 2003, Mr. Dorn was named Faculty Member of the Year at Colorado Christian University, an honor given by the student body and in 2010 he was awarded the Faculty Teaching Excellence award as chosen by fellow professors. Mr. Dorn holds memberships in the National Association for Music Education, the International Trumpet Guild, the Jazz Education Network, the College Band Directors National Association, and the Colorado Bandmasters Association. He is an active freelance trumpet artist, respected music educator, and a clinician in both the jazz and symphonic band world. From 1996 through 2016, he served each summer as producer of the acclaimed show troupe, the “KIDS from Wisconsin.” This 33-member traveling show troupe performs up to70 shows each summer, presenting a 2-hour, fully staged and costumed music review on a variety of stages across Wisconsin and the Midwest. Beyond the musical and performance aspects of his career, Mr. Dorn has a strong interest in the mentoring and leadership development of young performers and students. Bringing a strong foundation of spiritual formation to his work with people, he maintains a small counseling practice and personally mentors a handful of students and alumni each year. Mr. Dorn holds a Masters degree in Trumpet Performance and the Bachelors in Music Education from Indiana University, as well as a Masters in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. Mr. Dorn has 4 adult children and 3 grandchildren, and lives in Morrison, Colorado with his wife Jill.

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