For nearly 40 years, Marco has served in music ministry. A Baltimore native, he began piano studies at 8 years old at Peabody Conservatory of Music and subsequently with Pearl Evans, Charlotte Arbelotta, Audrey McCallum and Christina Luperini. His local church music career includes Shiloh Christian Community, Edgewood and Metropolitan United Methodist, Adams Chapel A.M.E, First Baptist and Douglas Memorial Community Churches.
The Founding Director of the Community Concert Choir of Baltimore, Inc., Marco is deeply committed to preserving the sacred music tradition of the African American Church. He is a member of the Choir Directors and Organists Guild of the Hampton Ministers Conference and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the nation’s oldest music fraternity. He’s served on the piano faculty at the Nathan Carter School of Music and is called upon as a music consultant, including directing the National ACT-SO Chorus during the NAACP Convention in Kansas City, MO and Los Angeles,CA. A founder of The Open Church of Maryland, Marco is a member of its board of directors.
In 1996 he was commissioned by Dr. Brad R. Braxton to organize a Gospel Choir at Douglas Memorial Community Church. The choir grew to more than 60 members and was named the Inspirational Choir, which featured an annual concert, capacity crowds and fostered community goodwill and abundant financial proceeds to the church.
As a communications professional, Marco’s career has afforded him many significant musical experiences. While a producer at both WBZ-TV in Boston and WJZ-TV in Baltimore, he produced programs and news features on music and the arts. In Boston, he was organist/director at Union United Methodist Church. As coordinator for Performing Arts at Morgan State University with Dr. Nathan Carter, Marco produced an unprecedented master class with world renowned soprano Leontyne Price and coordinated the MSU Choir’s tour of Bonn, Germany. He’s been published in the African American Pulpit Lectionary series.
Marco is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., President of Delta Lambda Chapter, member of the Chorale and National Chorus. He’s a member of the Pi Eta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia; and active in the President’s Committee for the Morgan State University Choir, past chair of the Bannister, Lewis, Tanner Circle at the Walters Art Museum, The Ashe’ Circle at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, the Board of Directors for the Maryland State Boychoir, a member of the Nathan Carter Foundation’s Board of Directors; a former board member of the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council and advisory board for the Singing Sensations. Marco produced and hosted a weekly radio public affairs program, "On The Pulse” on Baltimore’s WCAO-AM Heaven 600 radio several years. As a mentor to high school students, he helps to furnish scholarships through his fraternity’s Beautillion Program and the Nathan Carter Foundation.
Currently, a lecturer in Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communication, he was most recently an Expert Consultant for the Social Security Administration. He he’s been Chief Deputy Register of Wills for Baltimore City, faculty in Visual and Performing Arts at Coppin State University. Mr. Merrick holds a Masters of Arts degree in Publication Design from the University of Baltimore’s School of Communications Design and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication (Public Relations) from Towson University. He has received numerous awards and commendations, including an honorary Doctoral Degree in Sacred Music from Eastern Theological Seminary. He deems it a privilege to share God's gift of music with others.
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