Dr. Mark Shapiro is Music Director of The Prince Edward Island Symphony and The Cecilia Chorus of New York, and Artistic Director of Cantori New York. A four-time winner of an ASCAP Award for Programming, including the Alice Parker Award, Shapiro is a versatile conductor who works with choruses, orchestras, and opera companies. He has been a guest conductor for the Bridgeport Symphony and the Nova Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra in Halifax, and has conducted opera for Juilliard Vocal Arts, American Opera Projects, the Center for Contemporary Opera, Opera Company of Middlebury, and Underworld Opera. He has released several commercial CDs, one of which was an Editor's Choice in Opera News. A champion of new music , Shapiro has led nearly 200 regional, national and world premieres, and has commissioned extensively. In demand as a lecturer, panelist, and clinician, he has been a panelist for Philadelphia Music Project and the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music, and has given pre-concert talks for the Tilles Center on Long Island. Shapiro speaks frequently on Music and Mind; he has team-taught with faculty members of Lang College, and has presented a colloquim on Music and Mind at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has been featured as both a speaker and conductor on WQXR and WNYC. Each summer, Shapiro directs the highly regarded Conductor Preparation Program of the European American Musical Alliance in Paris.