Marcus D. Smith, Choral Director

From the time that he was a young child until now, Marcus D. Smith knew that he was destined to be a musician. He started playing the piano at age 11, and his love and passion for music has only deepened and matured since then.

Marcus has studied music under various renowned musicians including the late Dr. Nathan Carter, Dr. Robert Jordan, Mr. William Patrick Alston, Ms. Linda R. Hall Dr. Lawrence Crawford, and Mr. Renaldo Reyes. While in high school, Marcus served as a student accompanist for the world-renown Baltimore City College Choir under the tutelage of Ms. Linda R. Hall.

Marcus received his high school diploma from Baltimore City College High School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance from Morgan State University. In 2011, Marcus graduated with a Masters of Science Degree in Music Education from Towson University. Marcus has taken post-graduate classes from Westminster Choir College and United Theological Seminary College.

His passion for music has carried him across the world from Prague, Czech Republic; Leipiz, Germany to St. Louis, Missouri. He served as a music instructor at St. Timothy Christian Education School, St. Ambrose Camp. Additionally, he has had the opportunity to teach at various other schools such as Nathan Carter School of Music at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, the Celebration Church School of Music in Columbia, Maryland and Mount Washington Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland. He has served as a guest lecture at Peabody Conservatory, out of this experience an annual concert was organized and a class about gospel music was organized. He has also organized, planned and taught at conferences, music workshops and other special events.

Currently, Marcus is employed as the Minister of Music for the Ark Church in Baltimore, Maryland and has held this position for 17 years.  Marcus serves as the Choral Director of the Baltimore City College High School were they have performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Joseph Symphony Meyerhoff in Baltimore, Maryland and at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. Under his numerous accolades, he won 1st place for the Thurston Frazier Music Scholarship during a piano competition held in Kansas City, Missouri and Orlando, Florida. Recently, he was awarded the Mary Shy Scott Advancements in Arts Education Award from the Charm City Pearl Foundation, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Psi Phi Omega Chapter. Marcus was honored to play with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and Ithaca College Orchestra under acclaimed musician, Rev. Nolan Williams. He also has served as a guest liturgist for the African American Lectionary series. Marcus is a member of several organizations, including the Gospel Music Workshop of America, National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses, American Choral Directors Association, Hampton Minister’s Conference and the Multi-Generational Conclave of Musicians and Directors in Baltimore, MD. He has accompanied the McDaniel College Gospel Choir, the Community Concert Choir of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Gospel Choir, Hood College Gospel Ensemble, Folly Quarter Middle School Choir, and many others. In 2008, Marcus recorded a project with his current church choir, Divine Voices of Praise, entitled, “Be Still and Know” released in 2009. The choir’s single, “Jesus is Lord” is playing on radio stations across the country.

Marcus’ personal philosophy is that everyone is talented, and with the appropriate support, instruction and hard work, there is nothing one cannot achieve.

Marcus loves the Lord with all of his heart and is always encouraging others.