Mark Rabideau

Arts Administration Adjunct Assistant Professor
Arts Administration

Dr. Mark Rabideau currently serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies within the University of Kentucky's Arts Administration program, both developing and teaching brick-and-mortar and online courses in arts and social entrepreneurialism. Mark also serves as Creative Partner for iCadenza – a California-based arts entrepreneurship company – for which he has developed his groundbreaking Entrepreneurial Artist’s Guide.

Dr. Rabideau holds Bachelor and Doctoral degrees in Trombone Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, as well as a post-doctoral Fellowship for Creativity from Rutgers University. He has served as a tenured professor on the faculties of Millersville University as Director of Music Business & Technology and the University of Wyoming as Associate Professor of Trombone.

As a performer and Getzen Artist/Clinician Mark has presented clinics and programs throughout the United States, South America, Asia, and Europe. He has performed and presented at almost every major music conference, including serving three times as Faculty/Artist for the International Trombone Festival (Brasilia, Brazil, 2007 and 2010; Beijing, China, 2007). In 2013 Mark served as Director of Brass Programs for the Philadelphia International Music Festival.

Mark's own entrepreneurial spirit has led to projects ranging from producing and hosting a live radio show from NYC's upper-westside (Live from Smoke, Smooth Jazz 92.7, Harrisburg, PA), producing an award-winning documentary (The World is a Classroom), producing an original work with the American Repertory Ballet (Worlds End), and founding Art in Unlikely Places - a project fueled by the belief that art’s transformative powers must be made accessible to the underserved.
As an arts administrator Dr. Rabideau served as Executive and Artistic Director for Artists Now, a not-for-profit arts organization fostering connections between curious audiences and inspiring artists. Artists Now's programming ranged from jazz improvisation courses taught by some of New York City's leading artists, a week-long Celtic Music Festival and Highland Games, and intimate "Meet-the-Artist" events that featured world-renowned artists such as Kim Fisher (Principal Second Violinist, Philadelphia Orchestra), Awadagin Pratt (first African-American to win an international piano competition), and jazz legends Dr. Eddie Henderson and Steve Turre.

Mark’s powerful voice for arts advocacy has been tapped for such prestigious national committees as the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium and the College Music Society's Committee for Careers Outside the Academy. As a scholar in social entrepreneurship he has delivered guest lectures at Cambridge, Brandeis, and Colorado State Universities, among others. He has published extensively, including a recent article entitled Creativity Repositioned for the Arts Policy Review. Mark has hosted a series of the international conferences entitled Teaching Creativity: What the academy can learn from entrepreneurs, inventors, and artists. He is member of the editorial board for Artivate, a journal devoted to social and arts entrepreneurship. Mark’s current book project is entitled Why Practice? 20 inspiring musicians, giving reason and purpose to embracing “the joy of the struggle.”

Mark's efforts within the classroom have been recognized by the Arts Educators Network, naming him Teacher of the Month (March 2008) and his innovative teaching style has been featured on National Public Radio (Harrisburg, PA).

Mark has three beautifully talented children.