Marcus Simmons

Job Title

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music
    Music and Theatre, College of Arts and Sciences


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

Started at Bethel



  • University of Maryland/Baltimore County - 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 bass-baritone from Philadelphia, PA. He has sung for dignitaries including Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, and alongside internationally acclaimed performers Simon Estes, Carol Vaness, and Karen Slack. Dr. Simmons has bowed on concert stages from Carnegie Hall and the Saigon Opera House in Hanoi, Vietnam to the Queensland Performing Arts Center with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra among others. He has performed over 25 opera roles and has also had the pleasure of premiering several concert works and opera roles by composers old and new like John Cooper, Howard Helvey, and Jake Heggie. Dr. Simmons has performed residencies, masterclasses, and recitals at universities across the United States and was recently the Artistic Director of the Hoosier Community Chorus and the Music Program Director at 1525 The Warehouse in Bloomington, IN.

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