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Mark Mercer
Mark Russell Mercer is currently the director of choirs at Fairfield Senior High School in Fairfield, OH. He was choral director at Andover High School in Andover, MA (2008-2016) and Danville High School in Danville, IL (2016-2017). Mark built a program from scratch in Andover that consisted of a concert choir, chamber choir, music theory class, music production I class, music production II class, and three show choirs (mixed, ladies’, men’s). While in Danville, Mark began a men’s show choir and continued the great work that was already happening. His choral ensembles and show choirs drew attention as top contenders.


In 2017, Mark took over Fairfield's already thriving show choir program that consisted of Rhythm Express, Fairfield's MS Mixed Show Choir, Pure Elegance, Fairfield's HS Ladies' Show Choir, and Choraliers, Fairfield's HS Mixed Show Choir. In addition, he added FortissiBROS, Fairfield's HS Men’s Show Choir, and Little Elegance, Fairfield's MS Ladies' Show Choir. He has already led the group to numerous Grand Champions and caption awards. Mark also directs Sound Check, Fairfield's Freshman Concert Choir, Tone Down for What, Fairfield's HS Mixed Concert Choir, Vocal Impact, Fairfield's HS Advanced Chamber Choir, and Acapocalypse, Fairfield's A Capella Choir. In all, Mark directs 9 choral groups, a tech crew, Nuts & Bolts, and a combo The Heartbeat. In addition, he co-advises Fairfield's Tri-M Chapter.


His groups in the past few years alone have won numerous grand championships along with caption awards such as best show design, best show concept, best costumes, best crew, best band, best soloists, best choreography, and best vocals.

When he finds time, Mark enjoys adjudicating, being a clinician at festivals and competitions throughout the nation, and designing shows for show choirs. Mark received his undergraduate education from University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and his Master’s degree in Music Education from Kent State University in 2010, where he completed extensive research in creating fair and unbiased assessments for ensemble groups within arts programs. Mark is a professional pianist who has been playing for over 30 years. He is a proud member of ACDA, OMEA, and NAfME and the proud father to his French Bulldog, Cooper, and Boston Terrier, Milo.

  Director

Fairfield Middle School
Rhythm Express 2018-2020
Little Elegance 2019-2020
Fairfield Senior High School
Choraliers 2018-2020
Pure Elegance 2018-2020
FortissiBROS 2018-2020
Danville High School
Delegation 2017
Contemporaires 2017
The Executives 2017
Andover High School
From Start to Finish 2011-2016
Nothin' But Treble 2012-2016
Back To Bass-ics 2015-2016


  Adjudicator

 Winfield Emerald Classic 2019
 Heart of America Kansas City 2016





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