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Final Radio Show Episode Features Multi-Genre Musician, Composer and Educator Marc Faris

McKissick's radio show Punk & Old-Time Radio: Conversations on Community, Conflict, and Cohesion will air its final episode with musician and educator Marc Faris. Raised in the mountains of Virginia, Marc developed a passion for music at a young age, eventually earning degrees in composition from the Eastman School of Music (BM) and Duke University (PhD). With over 30 years of experience on guitar, banjo, tuba, and other instruments, his performing career has spanned across punk, indie, experimental/noise, contemporary classical, free improv, and traditional music. He has had the opportunity to perform and record solo and with pulsoptionalsq (formerly speedQueen), the SamesChuck Johnson, Lift, and dozens of ad hoc string bands. Marc’s compositions have been commissioned and performed by Branford Marsalis, the Ciompi Quartet, the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), Christopher Chaffee and Joshua Nemith, the ECU Symphony Orchestra, and more; and he has held fellowships and residencies with the North Carolina Arts Council, the North Carolina Governor’s School, Wildacres, and the Chamber Music Conference of the East. He previously held faculty appointments at Duke and East Carolina University, where he taught courses in music theory, composition, popular music history, and Appalachian studies. Marc and his family currently reside in Ithaca, NY, where he is an instructional designer with eCornell at Cornell University.  

McKissick's radio show Punk & Old-Time Radio: Conversations on Community, Conflict, and Cohesion airs on WUSC Radio (90.5 FM) through April, Thursdays at 2:00pm EDT. Missed previous episodes? Stay tuned, McKissick is hard at work captioning previous episodes and will upload them shortly.  

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