Marcus D. Smith a pianist, composer, arranger, teacher and choral director. He is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. Marcus Smith currently serves as the Minister of Music at Ark Church for 20 years, co-adjunct professor at Peabody Conservatory - Johns Hopkins University, adjunct professor at the Carter School of Music and the Choral Director of the Baltimore City College Choir.
Marcus earned his high school diploma from Baltimore City College, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Piano Performance from Morgan State University, and a Masters of Science Degree in Music Education from Towson University. Marcus has taken post-graduate classes from Westminster Choir College and The United Theological Seminary College. Marcus has studied music under the leadership of pioneers such as Ms. Linda R. Hall, Mr. William Patrick Alston, Dr. Lawrence Crawford, the late Mr. Reynaldo Reyes, the late Dr. Robert Jordan and the Late Dr. Nathan M. Carter.
Marcus has performed with world-class orchestras including, Czech Symphony Orchestra in Prague, Columbia Symphony Orchestra in South America, Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra at the Mann Center, and the Ithaca College Orchestra in Ithaca, New York. For several years, Marcus has taught piano at the Nathan Carter School of Music in Baltimore, MD. In 2008, Marcus recorded with his church choir, The Divine Voices of Praise, “Be Still and Know”. The choir also participated in the 2008 and 2010 “How Sweet the Sound” Competition sponsored by Verizon Company. In 2018, the choir toured Leipzig, Germany and participated in the Annual International Bach Fest. In the summer of 2019, Marcus taught in Shanghai, China at Fudan University.
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. In 2017, the Iota Phi Lambda, Kappa Chapter, awarded Marcus with the “Living Maker of Black History” award.
Marcus is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), National Convention of Gospel Choirs & choruses, Hampton Minister’s Conference. He is an honorary member of the national music society, Choir Psi Phi.