Executive and Artistic Director
Founder and Executive Director of the Downtown Chamber Series, violist Mark Dix has been a Phoenix Symphony member, chamber musician and arts advocate in Arizona since 1995. Born in Colorado, he began studying music and visual art at age 6. He obtained his Bachelor's from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA and his Master’s from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Mark was inspired to develop this series by the relentless commitment of Phoenix gallery owners, by projects he experienced in SoHo in New York, and by the boundless creativity of his late artist father and brother. Community engagement projects are also his focus, winning the Ford Award for programs he built with The Phoenix Symphony in local schools and Alzheimer’s care facilities. During the Covid pandemic he organized performances for our medical providers on break at vaccination sites, as well as DCS performances at Banner Nursing Summits addressing career fatigue. Mark spends his spare time with his wife Holly and their combined household of five kids, as well as laboring on their historic houses in Phoenix and Twin Lakes, Colorado.