Marquis Studios is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing arts-in‐education services to 170 New York City public schools annually. We strive to develop a strong partnership between artists and teachers by providing arts programs to supplement traditional classroom teaching techniques. Each residency or workshop focuses on a specific visual or performing arts discipline selected by school staff and administration.
Marquis Studios employs 90 professional teaching artists whom specialize in a variety of disciplines. If you are interested in becoming a Teaching Artist visit our careers page.
As a professional composer, recording artist and multimedia artist, Cecilia Smith has been granted a number of commissions and grants for her composing abilities. She is a Joyce Award recipient, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recipient and the New York State Council of the Arts recipient. Cecilia is also an avid MIDI music programmer. She is currently one of the leading vibraphonists of Four-Mallet Technique, in the United States. Smith is also the first woman to release recorded work on the vibraphone on a national and international level where she has 6 CD’s released as a leader and co-leader. She has performed in concert halls, universities, and festivals throughout the world. Some of the most noted artists that Cecilia has performed and recorded with are: Donald Harrison, Greg Osby, Gary Bartz, Mulgrew Miller, Cassandra Wilson, Amina Claudine Myers and Marian McPartland’s – National Public Radio’s (NPR) – Piano Jazz. As a teaching artist Cecilia has developed therapeutic music programs for children, teens, and adults for a variety of social service facilities. She is a graduate and former faculty member of Berklee College of Music. Cecilia has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2014.
Nate Speare, is a vocal artist, storyteller, and teaching artist. His work uses theatre and the human voice as a vehicle for self-empowerment and self-realization. He received his MFA from Naropa University, performed with PanTheatre in France and has trained with the program, “EASE” for students on the autism spectrum. Nate has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2015.