Marcus Simmons

Job Title


Dr. Simmons is Conductor of Bethel's Royal Register and teaches private voice.

Started at Bethel



  • University of Maryland - B.A. in Music Performance/Music Education, 2011
  • Miami University - M.M. in Voice Performance, 2013
  • Indiana University - D.M. in Voice Performance, Pedagogy & Literature, 2019


Dr. Marcus Simmons 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.

Courses Taught

Conductor, Bethel Royal Register
Private Voice


Toward Hearing Blackness in Opera, NOA Southeastern Regional Conference Presenter, Feb. 2020
I See the Moon, Building Blocks CD, BloomingSongs Project, Nov. 2019
Music of John D. Cooper, Music Department, Indiana University, Sep. 2019
Extensions of the Tradition, Black Music Concert, African American Arts Institute, Indiana University, Feb. 2019
Music of John D. Cooper, Music Department, Miami University, Apr. 2013
Black Voice, Student Chapter, College Music Society, Miami University, Apr. 2013

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America
National Society of Collegiate Scholars, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Chapter