Mark D. Falcone

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Born: 11 April 1939

Biography Mark D. Falcone was born and raised in the Little Italy section of South Philadelphia. Having access to a piano when very young, peaked his interest in music. After his secondary education he wanted to dedicate his life to the service of others, so he joined the religious life at St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere, Wisconsin. He became a teacher of theology, music and psychology teaching on a secondary level and starting a music department at Archmere Academy in Claymont, Delaware. At Combs College of Music in Philadelphia he earned his doctorate in music composition having studied with the late Dr. Romeo Cascarino, composer of the opera "William Penn." He is also a published poet, "Fiery Mouthed Dragon" being his first book published by Dorrance & Co, Philadelphia, in 1975. He founded and directed a Gregorian chant choir, "Schola d'Arezzo" performing in St. Norbert Abbey Church in De Pere, Wisconsin. He has a B.A. degree in Philosophy from St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin an M.A. degree in Education from La Salle University in Philadelphia, and a D.M.A. in music composition from Combs College of Music Philadelphia. Now retired he spends his time composing, writing poetry and giving poetry readings,and his hobby photography showing his photos on a National Geographic web site, called "your shot."

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