Conversant in all genres of contemporary classical music, Scearce is available for commissioning of orchestral, choral, vocal, chamber, or solo works, including stage (opera, ballet, theatre) or film works. He is the recipient of the prestigious international 2009 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in Music Composition.
Highly sought after composer J. Mark Scearce is the Director of the Music Department at North Carolina State University. Prior appointments were on the music faculties of the Universities of Hawaii, North Texas, and Southern Maine, among others. With fifty active titles in his catalogue, including musical settings of more than a hundred and twenty texts, Scearce’s many works for orchestra, band, chorus, opera, chamber, and ballet have been performed throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific.
The recipient of five advanced degrees in music, philosophy and religion, including the doctorate in composition from Indiana University, Scearce has won six international music competitions and his music has been honored by the Wellesley Composers’ Conference, the June in Buffalo Festival, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Ucross, and the American Music Center. Scearce currently has seven works commercially available on compact disc on the Delos, Warner Bros, Capstone, Centaur, Albany, and Equilibrium labels, and on a Sony 4-channel SACD available online at frystreetquartet.com.