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 James Marck
Sacred Heart and Saint Joseph Music Director

Born November 9th, 1986 in Columbus OH. James earned his Associates Degree in Music from Illinois Central College in 2008, and Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition from Bradley University in May 2010. He studied composition under Dr. Stephen Heinemann, piano performance under Dr. Ed Kaizer, and choral conducting under Dr. John Jost. He also had independent studies of Middle-Eastern Diplomacy and Foreign Policy with Dr. Shah Tarzi, the Lee Morgan Chair in the International Studies Department. While earning his undergraduate, James composed choral and orchestral works including the Shir ha-Shirim (Heb., the Song of Songs) which is now in the process of being edited into a film score for a new documentary film about Israel. Also while at Bradley, he served as vice-president of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and in Fall 2009 programmed a concert of international and ethnic music in collaboration with Sigma Alpha Iota. While a student conductor at Bradley University, James conducted the Bradley Chorale in the 2009 Fall Semester and again on its 2010 Spring tour. Since 2006 James has studied analog synthesizer design and construction with Eric Williamson in Chillicothe IL, and in 2004 had an original synthesizer composition, Credo, featured on Peoria’s periodically-produced Diocesan CD. He used synthesizers to learn organ. While at Illinois Central College, he studied piano with Heather Peterson and Grace Trang, and gave an elective recital his graduating year. In 2008 he conducted the premier of his original, March in D minor, for brass quintet, which he later transcribed for organ. Also in 2008, he had his original cello suite, Mongolia, performed by Galesburg Symphony Orchestra cellist (and fellow martial-artist) David Plott. As a keyboardist, James has accompanied Bradley University Symphonic Winds, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, University United Methodist Church, Illinois Central College’s a cappella choir, and for the Jewish Federation of Peoria at Ansai Emeth-Agudas Achim synagogue in Peoria. He has also performed jazz piano under the mentorship of Gene Farris at Jim’s Steak House downtown Peoria and at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. James is co-director and staff composer of Acaharmodies!, a community based, independent, multi-genre vocal ensemble that performs all over Central Illinois, founded by Justin Graham and James in 2009. His own choral arrangements for this ensemble include Alice in Wonderland, We are Family, and Calling Me Home Chicago. In November 2010 James will premier Listen, a commissioned piece for alto and piano, and his most recent composition, The Changeless Mover, for percussion ensemble and choir. This piece is based on an excerpt of text from the Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas and will be featured on the Peoria Lunaire New Music Concert at Dingeldine Music Center at Bradley University.  


Upon registering for your wedding at Sacred Heart or St. Josephʼs, you receive a
Bridal Packet with information about your ceremonyʼs music.

These are just a few of the titles you may have at your wedding ceremony!


How Beautiful
Household of Faith
The Prayer
You Raise Me Up
You Are the Wind Beneath My Wings
May The Light of Christ
Lady of Knock

Seating of Family

Wachet Auf Runst de Stimme
Ave Verum
In The Garden
Parentʼs Prayer
Walk With Them Lord

Bridesmaids Processionals

Jesus, Joy of Manʼs Desire
Air on a G String
Gounod: Ave Maria
Canon in D

Bridal Processionals

Clarke: Trumpet Voluntary
Mouret: Rondeau
Earl of Oxford March
Canon in D

Responsorial Psalms:

 God is Love, I Have Loved You

Mass Choices: 

Community Mass, Mass of Creation, 
Mass of Light, Mass of the Angels and Saints

Entrance/Offertory/Communion Hymns

My Song is Love Unknown
O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
When Love is Found
What Wondrous Love is This
God is Love, Let Heaven Adore Him
Servant Song
How Beautiful
Panis Angelicus*
Behold The Lamb*
One Bread One Body*
Here I Am Lord*

Marian Altar

Ave Maria (Schubert)
Ave Maria (Caccini)
Ave Maria (Bach-Gounod)


Mouret: Rondeau
Purcell: Trumpet Tune
Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture
Saint-Seans: Maestoso from Organ Symphony
Handel: Hornpipe
Handel: Alleluia Chorus from Messiah
Entrance of the Queen of Sheba

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

Opera Concert
The Old Maid and The Thief 
Opera 2012