Mark Unruh is a multi-instrumentalist who began his musical studies on trumpet at age 10 playing into his college years. At 15 he took up guitar, mandolin, and 5 string banjo and immersed himself in bluegrass. Eventually, guitar came to the fore as he explored the techniques and repertoires of other styles including blues, rock, classical, jazz, and ragtime. After majoring in classical guitar at James Madison University and the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts (now the University of the Arts) he began performing professionally in various acoustic and electric ensembles as well as teaching private students. Being with Pro Musica Studio since 1999, he is also a faculty member at the The Music School of Delaware and the Arts Academy at the Grand Opera House of Wilmington.
Mark teaches all styles of acoustic and electric guitar, bass, 5-string banjo and mandolin using a very simple approach to find a balance between technique, theory, and repertoire depending on the needs of the individual students. Reading standard musical notation is encouraged but not required. He teaches improvisation to those interested and accepts students of all ages and skill levels.
Mark has shared the stage with many varied artists including country singer Tammy Wynette, blues and folk legend David Bromberg, folk musicians Jay Unger and Molly Mason, jazz saxophonist Chucky C of New Orleans, and banjoist Steve Lutke. A closet composer all his life, Mark is now working on a recording of some of his own works. He is a devoted attendee to the annual Galax Old Time Fiddler’s Convention in southwest Virginia.