Scarborough native Mark Laver, a PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology at the University of Toronto, is establishing a reputation as one of the most versatile young alto saxophonists in Toronto. Mark has performed with jazz luminaries such as Lee Konitz, Seamus Blake, Kurt Elling, Eddie Prévost, Hugh Fraser, and Phil Nimmons. As a classical saxophonist, he won the gold medal for woodwind performance for the Royal Conservatory of Music’s ARCT exam in 2001. He has been a featured soloist with NEXUS, the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Conservatory Orchestra. Mark has been published in such music periodicals as Critical Studies in Improvisation, Canadian Musician and The Recorder, and was profiled in the “Canadian Rising Stars” issue of The Music Scene/La Scena Musicale. Mark is an alumnus of the Jazz Performance programme at the Faculty of Music (University of Toronto), and of the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music (2005). He has been the director of the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Jazz Orchestra since 2008.