Mark Saya (b. 1954, Michigan City, Indiana) studied composition at Indiana University South Bend and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He currently is an Associate Professor of Music at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. An active composer, his works have been performed throughout the country, including performances at the Great Hall of Cooper Union, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and many major universities. Although he writes for a variety of genres, he specializes in vocal works, both solo and choral, and works for instrumental chamber ensembles, particularly percussion. Several of his works, including The Murphy Sonata, for solo vibraphone, 7 Preludes Revisited, for solo piano, and From the Book of Imaginary Beings, for three percussionists, have been published by Inter-Media Press Music. He has received awards from ASCAP, BMI, New England Conservatory, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Society of Composers, Inc.