Since January 1986 Mark Laubach has served as Organist and Choirmaster of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre, the Pro-Cathedral of the Diocese of Bethlehem, where he administers an active liturgical and choral music program, concert series, and Music from St. Stephen’s, a radio broadcast heard weekly on WVIA 89.9 FM Public Radio. In 2008 Bishop Paul Marshall made Mark Honorary Canon Precentor of the Diocese in recognition of his accomplishments and contributions to the musical and liturgical life of the Diocese of Bethlehem.
Mark Laubach received a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Music from Westminster Choir College in 1982 and a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester in 1984. He served for one year as Fellow in Church Music at Washington National Cathedral. His organ teachers have included Clinton Miller, George Markey, Donald McDonald, and David Craighead. Since winning first prize in the 1984 American Guild of Organists (AGO) National Young Artists’ Competition in Organ Performance, Mark has performed in many of the most prominent churches and concert halls in the USA and in Great Britain and Germany. Notable UK recitals have included appearances at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, and cathedrals in Bristol, Chichester, Gloucester, Lincoln, Norwich, Wells, and Winchester. He is a frequent recitalist, clinician, presenter of hymn festivals, and competition adjudicator for National and Regional Conventions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and National and Regional Conferences of the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM). He has recorded three critically acclaimed compact discs on the Pro Organo label: Teutonic Titanics, French Fest, and Mosaics in Sound. Canon Laubach teaches organ students privately and at Marywood University in Scranton. He is represented by the Concert Artists Cooperative, based in Sebastopol, California.
Recent performances by Canon Laubach have included recitals at First Lutheran Church of Brockton, Massachusetts, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lynchburg, Virginia, Marble Collegiate Church in New York City, The First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Trinity Episcopal Church in Moorestown, New Jersey, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Marblehead, Massachusetts, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and a featured recital for the 2017 Region III AGO Convention in Richmond, Virginia.
In 1993 and 1994, Mark started his involvement with the Royal School of Church Music in America when he served as an organist for the Valley Forge Course, which moved to Wilkes-Barre in 1995 and became the King’s College Course. He served as Course Manager in the late 1990s in Wilkes-Barre, and has served as an organist for the Course in the years since. He also served as organist for the Atlanta Girls’ Course at St. Philip’s Cathedral in 1998.
In August 2018 Mark served as a co-organist for a weeklong residency at Lincoln Cathedral in England by the Choir of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Harleysville, PA. In the following week he served as organist for another residency at Ely Cathedral by the combined Choirs of Immanuel Episcopal Church on the Green in New Castle, DE, and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lewes, DE.
in Harleysville, PA. In the following week he served as organist for another residency at Ely Cathedral by the combined Choirs of Immanuel Episcopal Church on the Green in New Castle, DE, and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lewes, DE.