Terry received his B.M. in theory/composition from East Carolina University where he studied composition with Martin Mailman and Gregory Kosteck, and trombone with Eugene Narmour. He has played bass trombone with the North Carolina Symphony since 1971 and has taught trombone for many years at Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill and St. Augustines College. In addition to his performing duties with the North Carolina Symphony, Mizesko has also arranged and composed for the orchestra and conducted education and holiday pops concerts since 1989.
His original compositions and arrangements have been played by numerous orchestras. A compact disc featuring his orchestral work, “Sketches from Pinehurst”, which was premiered in April 2005 by the North Carolina Symphony was released by the orchestra in September of 2005. Four new works were premiered in 2006. "Sundays at Shackleford Banks", was performed by the Triangle Youth Philharmonic in April, "Last Voyage of the Currituck" was commissioned by the N.C. Symphony and performed at the TallShips Festival in Beaufort N.C. The "Divertimento for Clarinet and Strings" was performed by Michael Cyzewski and members of the N.C. Symphony in November 2006 and "A Little Dance Suite" was commissioned and performed by the Canton Symphony Orchestra, also in November 2006.
Terry Mizesko resides in Raleigh with his wife Sandra Schwarcz, a violist with the N. C. Symphony, and their two children, Josh and Elena.