Assistant Principal Bass (regular substitute)
Double Bassist Mark Wallace began studying the double bass in his public school’s orchestra program, led by former San Antonio Symphony violinist Joan Blesser. Wallace later enrolled at The Juilliard School where he was admitted with Presidential Distinction, having received the highest audition rating among double bass applicants that year. At Juilliard, his teacher was Eugene Levinson, principal bass of New York Philharmonic. Mark graduated with undergraduate and graduate degrees both from The Juilliard School. He later studied with Donald Palma at Yale School of Music.
Before moving to the Bay Area, Mark worked as an assistant principal bass of Filarmonica de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte Brazil and previously performed with Florida Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Sarasota Opera Orchestra, and Westchester Chamber Symphony.
Mark lives in Petaluma, California with his wife, son, 3 cats, and 11 chickens. Mark is currently performing as assistant principal bass of San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and is a regular guest performer with San Francisco Opera Orchestra, New Century Chamber Orchestra, and the local symphonies of Marin, Modesto, Stockton, Santa Rosa, and Berkeley.