W. Mark Harrell
As a composer Mr. Harrell is primarily self-taught, learning the craft of structure and orchestration from study and practical experience as an active performer. “The language of music is spoken most fluently by those composers who immerse themselves within it, the accent being developed by the composer as his alone. His voice must be comprehensible without being overly simplistic.” Mr. Harrell’s works have been performed widely by a variety of artists. Recent commissions and performances have been given by ensembles such as: Appalachian Ballet, Brasswind Quintet, Carson-Newman University Symphonic Band, East Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble, East Tennessee Youth Wind Ensemble, Knoxville Chamber Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Mountain Empire Wind Ensemble, Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Olympia Symphony Orchestra, Partes Choir of Obninsk (Russia), Slovak State Philharmonic of Kosice (Slovakia), Tennessee Secondary Schools Band Directors Association.
Mr. Harrell lives in Knoxville, Tennessee and serves as the third hornist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Harrell holds a Tennessee teacher’s license and teaches instrumental music in the public schools of Sevier County. He has also taught at East Tennessee State University and Maryville College.