Mark Charles Smith was born in North Carolina in 1983.
He studied composition with Gregory Carroll, Kenneth Frazelle, and Alan Hirsh.
His compositions have been performed in diverse venues across the United States, including the Eastern Music Festival, Lincoln Center, and Guitar Foundation of America Festival.
He studied guitar with Kami Rowan, and has performed widely as a soloist and chamber musician.
Mark has his Master of Music Degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder, Bachelor of Arts in Music from Guilford College, and diploma from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Mark currently teaches at New Garden Friends School and Guilford College, where he is instructor of composition.
Additionally, he teaches private lessons in guitar, piano, and composition, working with all ages and skill levels and covering a broad range of musical styles and pedagogical approaches.
He remains active as a composer and performer.
In his free time, Mark enjoys learning new things. Current areas of interest include: comparative planetology, baseball, the French language, mycology, the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh, the writing of Mark Z. Danielewski, the Oxford comma, and the ever-crazy doings of his cat, Ladybug.