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Dr. Mark Hijleh


Mark Hijleh
  • Tenure at King's: July 2014 to Present

  • Master of Arts with distinction

    University of Sheffield (UK)

  • Doctor of Musical Arts

    Peabody Conservatory (Johns Hopkins University)

  • Master of Music

    Ithaca College School of Music

  • B.S. Music Composition with honors

    William Jewell College

Dr. Mark Hijleh holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University, the University of Sheffield (UK), Ithaca College and William Jewell College.

Prior to joining The King’s College executive leadership team as VP of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Dr. Hijleh served for 21 years as a faculty member and academic leader at Houghton College, where his roles included Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of Integrative Studies (general education) and a member of the Integrative Studies Collegium, member of the First Year Honors Program faculty (a semester-long multidisciplinary humanities studies program in London), and a member of the music faculty. He also served as task force chair for a number of regional educational initiatives in the Western New York area.

As an author in the field of music and cultural studies, Hijleh’s two published books include “The Music of Jesus: From Composition to Koinonia” and “Towards a Global Music Theory.” He has also written book reviews for the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. An accomplished composer and conductor, Hijleh has worked with the Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonic orchestras, won national first prize in the 2002 National Association of Teachers of Singing Composition competition, and has written two feature length film scores. He appeared as a guest composer at Hertford College, Oxford, where he also lectured publicly on theology and music in the Holywell Music Room, and has a long association with arts theologian Dr. Jeremy Begbie of Duke and Cambridge Universities.