Robert G. Marks (Bob) comes to Trinity UMC from Cambridge, Ohio after serving churches and schools in North Central, East Central and Southeast Ohio for over 30 years. He has most recently served the congregation of New Concord UMC as Aldersgate Choir Director for the past seven years. Bob has also served the 9th Street UMC and First UMC (both in Cambridge) as Director of Music, serving in First UMC for 27 years. His duties there included direction of the Chancel Choir (adult vocal) and Chancel Chimes (a four octave adult bell choir), Brass Choir and supervision of the children’s music program and the organist.
Bob most recently retired from Urbana University, Urbana, Ohio, where he conducted the University Singers and the Chamber Singers, as well as taught music history courses for adult classes. He has also served Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio as an adjunct instructor in Applied Voice, Guest Lecturer in Choir, and Associate Conductor of the Muskingum University Choral Society.
Mr. Marks spent twenty-four of his thirty years as a public school educator in the Cambridge City Schools where his duties included Middle School General Music, Handbell Choir, 8th Grade Choir, and High School Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Symphonic Chorale, and Music History. He also served the Drama Department as Music Director for the high school musicals from 1984-1995, and as Drama Club Advisor from 1995-2003. As advisor, he produced and directed several musicals and non-musicals, as well as remaining as Music Director. Some of the plays under Mr. Marks’ direction include The Sound of Music, Kiss Me Kate, Annie Get Your Gun, Wizard of Oz, The Music Man, Appointment with Death, and The Crucible. He has also been in demand as a Music Director for community musicals such as Oliver, Sound of Music, Camelot, Touch of the Child, The Music Man, and Cinderella. Mr. Marks received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Heidelberg University in 1977 and his Master of Arts in Education Degree from Muskingum University in 2003. Bob comes to Southport with his wife Karen (married thirty-six years), and thirty-one year old daughter Kimberly.