John Marcinizyn holds a Ph.D. in composition and theory from the University of Pittsburgh. His compositions include a guitar concerto, string quartet, orchestral music and pieces for solo guitar and guitar with mixed ensemble, which have received numerous performances. His 'Sonata for Guitar and Marimba' received critical acclaim following its premiere at the guitar Foundation of America International Festival and Competition in Buffalo, New York. The Westmoreland Symphonic Winds commissioned and premiered a piece by Marcinizyn in 2004 that received much acclaim.
Marcinizyn also performs frequently as a soloist with the Ferla-Marcinizyn Guitar Duo, mezzo-soprano Daphne Alderson, and with groups ranging from the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh to the Pittsburgh Playhouse Professional Company Ensemble. He is an Artist Lecturer in Guitar in Carnegie Mellon School of Music. He also teaches guitar and composition at Seton Hill University and leads the music portion of the class 'The Arts and Human Experience' through the Art History Department at Duquesne University. Administratively, Marcinizyn serves on the Advisory Board for the Guitar Society of Fine Art.