The American bass and music pedagogue, Mark Pearson, obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Oberlin College; and his Masters of Arts degree from the Stanford University. He studied with teachers Robert Everhart, Ivan Rasmussen, and Ruth Streeter and was coached with Felix Wolfes, Nadia Boulanger, Pierre Bernac, and John Moriarty.
Mark Pearson has appeared as a bass soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and also with ensembles at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, and with the NEC Symphony Orchestra, NEC Chorus, and NEC Chamber Singers. He was also a soloist in the USA premieres of Ernest Bloch's Macbeth, NEC Chamber Singers's Cantata Misericordium, Pinkham's Jonah, and Carl Nielsen's Third Symphony. In England and America, he performed the roles of Sarasoto, Osmin, Arkel, and Mars in Lully's Thésée, and Pangloss in Leonard Bernstein's Candide. At the Sante Fe Opera, he was a soloist under Paul Hindemith, Igor Stravinsky, and Douglas Moore.
Mark Pearson taught at New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston from 1965 through his retirement in 2009. He was chair of the voice department from 1971 to 1992, during which time he designed NEC's master's degree in vocal pedagogy. A well-known and respected teacher of voice and vocal pedagogy, Pearson has instructed students who have won major competitions and prizes, including the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in USA, Canada, and Europe. His students have also sung lead roles in productions in New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Santa Fe, and Vancouver, as well as opera companies in Europe. Many of his students currently teach voice in colleges, conservatories, and universities in the USA and Europe. Among his students: soprano Anne Ackley Gray, tenor Ray DeVoll, soprano Elizabeth Parcells, bass Gregory Reinhart, bass-baritone David Ripley.