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 James Marck
Sacred Heart and Saint Joseph Music Director

James Marck received his bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from Bradley University in Spring 2010, and assumed the position of Director of Music at Sacred Heart on the Feast of the Assumption the same year. While at Bradley, he studied music composition with Dr. Stephen Heinemann, piano with Dr. Ed Kaizer, and choral conducting with Dr. John Jost. As a composer, Marck has premiered various works. In 2010, he collaborated with Israeli emissary-shlicha Lior Zysor and the Jewish Federation of Peoria in composing and premiering Shir haShirim, a choral/orchestral setting of selections from the Song of Songs. In 2013, he collaborated with internationally acclaimed choreographer Servy Gollardo in producing and premiering The Changeless Mover, an abstract ballet depicting the characters of Faith and Reason (Fides et Ratio) as they appear inside the mind of Thomas Aquinas. In 2011, Marck began composing Communio, english polyphonic settings of the communion antiphons from the Proper of Mass for Sundays and Solemnities, a project which is scheduled for completion and submission for publication in 2015. A member of the Church Music Association of America, Marck strongly supports the CMAA’s efforts to bring the Proper of Mass to the parish level of Catholic culture, and features the Mass Proper and Nicene Creed settings of CMAA composers Richard Rice and Adam Bartlett at every Sunday Mass. Besides music, Marck holds a third-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and is a member of the local chapter of the Fierce Israeli Hand-to-Hand Guerilla Tactics (FIGHT) Haganah school in Peoria.  


Let Your Song Be Heard From Mountains High!:  If  you are a Bass or Tenor the Sacred Heart Choir needs you!  Please contact James, our music director, for more information