About J. Mark

J. Mark Scearce (CBA ’15) is one of North Carolina’s most recognized and performed composers. Recipient of the 2010 Raleigh Medal of Arts and the 2009 International Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in Music Composition, Scearce has sixty active titles in his catalogue, including musical settings of more than two hundred texts by forty poets. 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 a doctorate in composition from Indiana University, Scearce has won six international music competitions and his music is available on seven commercial recordings. Having taught on the music faculties of the Universities of Hawaii, North Texas, and Southern Maine, he is formerly Director of the Music Department at North Carolina State University and a tenured professor in the College of Design.

The creation of a full evening ballet of Macbeth

In residence, Scearce worked with Artistic Director/CEO of Carolina Ballet, Robert Weiss, to create the libretto and music for a new full evening length ballet based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth.