Dr. Marcus is a conductor, voice teacher, worship coach, and Emmy-winner. Dr. Simmons taught at Indiana State University in Terre Heute, Indiana, was founding Conductor and Artistic Director of the Hoosier Community Chorus, and Music Program Director at 1525 The Warehouse in Bloomington, IN. His choirs have performed across the United States, the Caribbean, and in Europe.
Dr. Simmons is frequently asked to bring his expertise as conductor, voice teacher, scholar, chorus master, and minister of music to churches, high schools, and colleges, musical theater and dance companies as well as conferences and clinics. As an operatically trained bass-baritone, he frequently performs lectures, recitals, and concerts while maintaining a vocal studio with students on 5 different continents. Dr. Simmons’ scholarship has been presented at both regional and National Conferences as well as across the country on PBS. Additionally, he has won several awards and grants for his work in research, community engagement, and I.D.E.A. education.
Dr. Simmons is a member of the American Choral Director Association, National Collegiate Choral Organization, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honors Society, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and serves on the Board for The American Alliance for Theatre and Education and the Institute for Composer Diversity.