Director of Youth Orchestras Program
Youth Symphony Conductor
Fred and Mary Koch Foundation Endowed Chair
Dr. Mark Laycock is a Professor of Music at Wichita State University, where he holds the Ann Walenta Faculty of Distinction Endowed Professorship. He has been recognized with the WSU Excellence in Creative Activity Award (2012) and the College of Fine Arts Excellence in Teaching Award (2007). He serves as Director of Orchestras and Coordinator of Strings. WSU Symphony Orchestra appearances under his direction include international tours to Spain and Canada, a May 2011 concert at Carnegie Hall and multiple invited performances at Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshops.
A mentor to young musicians, he has conducted all-state, region, and district orchestras throughout the country. His appearances with professional ensembles include the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Grand Opera and Opera Kansas, as well as orchestras in Slovakia and Canada. Dr. Laycock has presented clinic sessions for numerous state education conferences as well as the American String Teachers Association National Conference, the Northwest and Northeast Division Conventions of the National Association for Music Education and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Midwest Clinic. In 2013 and 2014, he was an invited music education panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, evaluating grant applications from institutions throughout the country.
Dr. Laycock earned a Doctor of Arts degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Northern Colorado. He holds a Master of Music degree in instrumental conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music history and literature from the University of Southern California. An experienced educator, he was an instructor of strings and orchestra at the middle and high school levels in the Clark School District in Las Vegas, Nevada.