marc faris (b. 1972) has received commissions and performances across the United States and abroad, by Christopher Chaffee, Branford Marsalis, eighth blackbird, Joanna Kurkowicz, John MacDonald, ALEA III, the Ciompi Quartet, Aaron Misenheimer, and the East Carolina University Symphony Orchestra, among many others. He has received the North Carolina Arts Council Composition Fellowship (2003-4, 2007-8, and 2017-18), the William Klenz Prize in Composition (2000 and 2001), and the James B. Duke Fellowship (1999-2003), and was a finalist in the ALEA III International Composition Competition in 2000. He has been a composer in residence at Wildacres (2006 and 2013), the Chamber Music Conference and Composers Forum of the East (2001), and the North Carolina Governor’s School (2002). In addition to his work as a composer of concert music, he is also active in sound art, electronic composition and collaborative multimedia and experimental-theater productions; as an organizer of new- and traditional-music events; as a scholar with interests in music theory, the margins of popular culture, and regional studies; and as an electric guitarist and banjoist. marc holds degrees in composition from the Eastman School of Music (BM ’94) and Duke University (MA ’00 and Ph.D. ’03), where his primary teachers included Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, Scott Lindroth, Stephen Jaffe, Robert Morris and Joseph Schwantner. He is a founding member and co-director of pulsoptional, and Teaching Assistant Professor in the School of Music at East Carolina University (DE specialist). marc resides with his family in Weaverville, NC.