James Marck, Artistic Director
James Marck received his bachelor’s in Music Composition from Bradley University, where he studied composition with Stephen Heinemann, choral conducting with John Jost, and piano with Ed Kaizer. He is an active member of ACDA and ASCAP. From 2003 - 2008, Mr. Marck co-directed the versatile, mixed acappella group, Acaharmodies. Based in Peoria IL, Acaharmodies performed the whole spectrum of traditional and contemporary choral genres for private parties, community events, and full-scale theatrical productions. While vice-president of Dramatic Crossroads Opera Organization, he accompanied a variety of classic and new operatic works with professional performers from around the Midwest. While in Peoria, he also served as choirmaster for Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Peoria, IL, specializing in both Renaissance and contemporary sacred polyphony. He also directed music for community theater, most notably the 108-voice chorus of Cornstock Community Theater’s 2012 production of Hairspray, directed by Pam Orear. He has recruited dozens of children and teens to American Federation Pueri Cantores, and has taken these choirs to perform in Chicago and Europe.
In 2015, Mr. Marck settled in Rockford. He has sung with the Mendelssohn Chorale and The Camerata Emanon, has served on the Executive Board of the Rockford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, joined forces with Phantom Regiment, the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, and Rockford Public Schools in launching Rockford Rhythm, and currently assists Youth Against Violence Organization in developing music education for students of YAVO. He lives at the north side of the Coronado-Haskell neighborhood.
Leah Baskin, Assistant Director
Board of Directors
Shane Caiola, President