The College of William and Mary Music Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Richard C. Marcus as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands. Marcus has been the Interim Director of Bands at W&M since 2015. He was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and previously served on the faculties of the University of South Carolina Upstate and the College of Charleston where he reinstated the Wind Ensemble after an extended period of dormancy. Dr. Marcus has served as music director or guest conductor for the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Indianapolis Brass Choir, the Athenaeum Orchestra (IN), the Valley Civic Orchestra (IL), the Youth Orchestra of the Lowcountry (SC), and most recently, the Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestras (NC).
A strong advocate for music education, Dr. Marcus has twelve years' experience teaching in public and private schools in Georgia, Illinois, and Switzerland. His ensembles have participated in national and international festivals and have performed at the South Carolina Music Educators In-Service Conference, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and the World Snowboarding Championships.
Dr. Marcus's research is on the music of Hans Gál (1890-1987), an Austrian-Jewish composer and scholar who co-edited the complete works of Brahms and published over 140 of his own works during his lifetime. Dr. Marcus's article, "A Survey of Hans Gál's Chamber Works with Viola" appears in the Fall 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Viola Society. Dr. Marcus currently serves as the USA contact for the Hans Gál Society.