While the community is staying healthy at home, Owensboro Symphony has offered the opportunity to have an up-close and personal look at some of its talented musicians.
With the Meet the Musicians series, performers talk about their instruments and share their passion for music.
Hatlestad is the Principal Viola of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, where he previously was a member of the Viola Section from 2014-2019.
Hatlestad also serves as Principal Violist of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, where he is a member Eykamp String Quartet Residency with EPO and the University of Evansville.
A Minnesota native, Hatlestad began playing violin at the age of 4 before switching to viola when he was 12. Mark is a graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music (B.M. 15, M.M. 17), where he studied viola performance with Atar Arad and Edward Gazouleas. At IU, Mark studied chamber music with Peter Stumpf, Kevork Madirossian, Mark Kaplan, Stephen Wyrczynski and members of the Pacifica Quartet.
An advocate of contemporary music, Hatlestad served as Principal Viola of the school’s New Music ensemble under David Dzubay. Hatlestad studied violin and viola pedagogy with Mimi Zwieg and Brenda Brenner, and served as an assistant instructor at the Indiana University Summer String Academy and in the Fairview Violin Project.
Outside of IU, Hatlestad has participated and performed in masterclasses across the world, including studies with Rolland Glassl and Rolland Vamos.