DR. MARDEN POND
Marden Pond is active as a composer, arranger, conductor, and educator. He has taught music at every level, from grade school to graduate school, including positions at Saddleback College, Orange Coast College, Pepperdine University, the College of Eastern Utah, Utah State University Extension, Brigham Young University, Arizona State University, the University of Northern Colorado, Granite & Salt Lake City School Districts, BYU-Idaho, Lumen Scholars Institute, and Utah Valley University.
Dr. Pond is the author of books and articles on music theory, digital and electronic music, pedagogy, music education, jazz, music for theatrical dance, and music in the home.
The composer of music over twenty recorded albums, Dr. Pond has also created music for symphony orchestras, choirs, the ballet stage, film (including the Emmy Award-winning film, The Shadow Of Light from Milestone Productions), video productions, video laser disc, modern dance groups, & a wide variety of chamber, studio, commercial & recording ensembles, a substantial amount of innovative electronic music, jazz ensembles, commissioned arrangements, & even commercial jingles.
A prolific composer, Pond has over 300 works listed in the ASCAP catalog, including historical works based on Americana, jazz big band & combo compositions, symphonies, cantatas, concert suites, commercial projects, and solo pieces. Over 200 of his works are in a special collection in the Harold B. Lee Library. His works have been performed nationwide and recorded in Europe and the U.S. He has been named as Utah's Composer of the Year, and honored with awards and commissions from ASCAP, the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet-the- Composer (New York), Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, the National Pony Express Association, the Entrada Institute, several colleges and universities, the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, the Utah Statehood Centennial Commission, and the Utah Governor's Award for Contributions to International Understanding. He is the recipient of the 2014 Alfred Lambourne Prize, and composer and producer of Voices In the Wind, a choreographic video that was named "Best of Utah" in the 2015 Utah Dance Film Festival. The Deseret News has called his music "electrifying," adding that Dr. Pond is an "artful and clever composer" and a "well-known composer with numerous commissioned works to his credit. Fanfare magazine notes that his compositions are "inventive and well-crafted." William Penn (CEO, producer, AUR Recordings/Publications) has exclaimed, "Marden Pond is a SUPER MAJOR TALENT -- WOW!" The Herald praises his music as "masterful and intricate work."
Marden has been involved in the development of teaching labs with a number of top Hollywood composers, including: Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Bruce Broughton, Mark Isham, Dave Grusin, Christopher Young, Peter Golub, Harry Gregson-Williams, and Alan Silvestri.
He has conducted numerous musical ensembles -- professional, recording studio, community, educational. These include symphonic groups (orchestras, bands, etc.), chamber ensembles, jazz groups, choirs, theater orchestras, etc. He arranged and conducted music for a special performance in Arlington National Cemetary on the one-year anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.
Cityjazz was honored to perform at the Orem Jazz Festival in February. Special thanks to Mr. Curtis Winters for inviting Cityjazz to be part of this great event.