Mark R. 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). Mercer 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, Mercer 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. Mark has continued to build upon the great foundation that was laid at Fairfield by adding 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. In all, Mr. Mercer directs 9 choral groups, a tech crew 'Nuts & Bolts', and a combo 'The Heartbeat'. In addition, he co-advises Fairfield's Tri-M Chapter and is the musical director for the Fairfield dramatic arts program.
When he finds time, Mark enjoys adjudicating and being a clinician at festivals and competitions. 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 within arts programs. Mark is a professional pianist who has been playing for almost 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'.