Mark Samples is Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Millsaps College. Dr. Samples received his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Oregon, and a bachelor's degree with honors in Music Theory and Composition from Point Loma Nazarene University.
He currently researches the role of commercialism in music after 1800, from Jenny Lind to Tom Waits to Sufjan Stevens. The work on his dissertation, "A Package Deal: Branding, Technology, and Advertising in Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries," earned him the University Outstanding Scholar in Music award in 2011.
He has given lectures and research presentations in the northwest U.S., as well as in New Haven, Boston and the Czech Republic, and is the author of several entries in The New Grove Dictionary of American Music. As the Dramaturg for the UO Opera (2010 and 2011 seasons), Dr. Samples assisted the productions of Mozart's The Magic Flute and Senile Madness, an evening of commedia dell'arte. Samples also has reviewed classical music concerts, most recently for the Register-Guard of Eugene.
Dr. Samples teaches courses on western music history, music of the world, Romanticism, music of the Americas, history of jazz, opera, and film music.