The composer of music on over twenty recorded albums, Marden Pond has also created music for symphony orchestras, choirs, the ballet stage, film (including the Emmy Award-winning film, "The Shadow Of Light" from Milestone Productions), video productions, video laser disc, modern dance groups, and a wide variety of chamber, studio, commercial and recording ensembles, innovative electronic music, jazz ensembles, commissioned arrangements, industrial videos, and even commercial jingles. Significant works include his Symphony for String Orchestra, Concerto for Trumpet, the ballet score for The Little Prince, Beginnings, Psalms of Nephi, Celebration, Symphony No. 2 (Echo Canyon Serenade), Windriders (for symphonic winds and percussion), and the electronic dance suites Gebunge, and Windows. His music has been broadcast internationally, and performed in the U.S. & Europe. His Sonata for Piano and Modal Variations, recorded in Eastern Europe, are available from MMC Recordings. Critics have acclaimed his work, describing it as: “masterful and intricate work” and “subtle music . . . creating a mood of mystic wonder." Pond’s three-volume set of virtuosic piano settings, "The Master’s Touch," is published by Jackman Music.
Dr. Pond received music degrees from Brigham Young University, Arizona State University, and the University of Northern Colorado. He has studied composition with Ronald LoPresti, David Cohen, Grant Fletcher, Evan Copley, Robert Ehle, and at the Sundance Institute for Film Composers; conducting with Joseph Silverstein, Varujan Kojian, and Frederic Fennell; and ballet history with P.J. Manchester. He has taught music at every level, from grade school to graduate school, including positions at Saddleback College, Orange Coast College, Pepperdine University, the College of Eastern Utah, Utah State University Extension, Brigham Young University, Arizona State University, the University of Northern Colorado, and Utah Valley University. He is continually active as a freelance composer and conductor.
Dr. Pond is the author of books and articles on music theory, digital and electronic music, pedagogy, music education, jazz, music for theatrical dance, and music in the home. He is a contributing author to Teaching Examples: Ideas for Music Educators (support materials for the National Standards for Education In the Arts).
Pond has received commissions from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, Meet-the-Composer (New York), National Endowment of the Arts/Salt Lake Arts Council, Utah Arts Council, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Entrada Institute, National Pony Express Association, Arizona State University, Brigham Young University, Utah Music Teachers Association, Utah Premiere Brass, University of Utah Performing Danscompany, Ririe/Woodbury Dance Co., Synergy Dance, Alpine School District, Utah Statehood Centennial Commission, College of Eastern Utah, Utah Valley University, Young DanceMakers (for the International Year of the Child), Utah Saxophone Quartet, Salt Lake Education Foundation, and others. He has been honored as Utah's Composer of the Year, winner of the Forte Music Composition Competition, by Mu Phi Epsilon as "one of Utah's finest composers," recipient of the Utah Governor's award for "contributions to international understanding", resident composer of the Snowbird Arts Institute, listed in the International Who's Who of Music, and as a recipient of multiple special awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, & Publishers (ASCAP). In collaboration with pianist David Glen Hatch, his album "Title of Liberty - Anthems for Stripling Warriors" was honored with a Pearl Award for Classical Instrumental Album of the Year. His music has been recorded on the Music Enterprises, MMC, LoweMar, and Covenant labels. Pond has served on the boards of directors of Young Audiences of Utah, New Dominion Films Inc., and West Jordan Arts Council; as a member of the Utah Arts Council multi-discipline and music advisory committees; and as an advisor to the Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming Arts Councils.
As a professional musician, Marden Pond has performed with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, the John Davidson & Bob Hope shows, Alvino Rey, the Brassworks British Brass Band, and many other chamber, jazz, studio, symphonic, and electronic groups. He has served as the conductor of the Nachtmusik chamber orchestra, the West Jordan Community Orchestra, the Wasatch Brass Society, the Utah Valley Kicks Band, the Kingsbury Ballet Orchestra, the Salt Lake Symphonic Band (AF of M local 104), the Summit Festival Orchestra; and as resident or guest conductor of numerous other professional, educational, & community ensembles throughout the western U.S. He is in constant demand as a lecturer, adjudicator and clinician. Dr. Pond has toured nationally and internationally as conductor with concert pianist, David Glen Hatch. With Dr. Hatch, he conducted a special one-year memorial concert at Arlington National Cemetery for the families and survivors of the September 11 attack on the Pentagon.
Marden and his wife Judy are the parents of eight children.