Mark Kausch is a graduate of St. Olaf College and the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. Mark teaches viola da gamba, cello and double bass from his home in Minneapolis, MN and at Hamline, Augsburg, and Bethel Universities. His previous work at the College of Saint Benedict-Saint John’s University included serving as founding director for the CSB-SJU Consort of Viols.
He has performed on double bass, violone, and viola da gamba with ensembles including the Hanover Band of London, the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Bach Society and the Grande Bande of New York. In the Twin Cities he has performed with the National Lutheran Choir, Lyra Baroque Orchestra, the Rose Ensemble, the Minnesota Opera and Vocal Essence, among many others.
Mark divides his professional time between teaching and performing and also work as a public media content strategist. His efforts for Public Radio International (“PRI”) included the launch of programs including Schickele Mix, From the Top, and American Public Media’s classical music service known as Classical 24. He serves as a strategic advisor to the weekly environmental radio program and podcast Living on Earth and the weekly music program Sound Opinions.