Mark Rimple

Mark Rimple has been described as “among the first rank of US Lutenists” and has been praised for his “extraordinary sensitive” playing; his debut solo lute CD Tre Liuti features Italian lute music for three different instruments. Mark has appeared as instrumentalist and/or vocalist with Trefoil, The Newberry Consort, The Folger Consort, Severall Friends, Piffaro, Tempesta di Mare, Les Délices, and Blue Heron, among many other groups.  He has recorded music of the ars subtilior with Trefoil and The Newberry Consort, Renaissance broken consort music with Seven Times Salt, and new music with Cygnus Ensemble and Network for New Music.  Mark is a scholar of early theory and notation, and recently contributed several transcriptions and entries for an upcoming dictionary of tablature (CESR,Toulouse).  He composes works for early instruments which can be heard on his Recording January (Furious Artisans). Mark holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Music Theory, History and Composition at The Wells School of Music at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses in composition, theory, and early music performance.  He is a passionate union leader, and recently completed six years as the President of WCU’s chapter of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF), including a successful strike.