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Dr. Mark Whitney has been a member of the WSO double bass section since 1985. He has been the program annotator since 1994 and the personnel manager since 2008. For several seasons he delivered the “Opening Notes” lectures prior to concerts. Dr. Whitney is manager of publication services at the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD), a national nonprofit organization in Waco. He holds degrees from the University of the South, Ohio University, and West Virginia University. Along with his wife Susan, a violinist and violist, he is an instructor at the Central Texas String Academy, where he teaches classical guitar, double bass, and beginning cello. He and Susan have three children, Paul, Ellen, and Philip, and two grandsons, Austin and Asher.