A native of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Richard C. Marcus currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor/Director of Bands at the College of William & Mary and conductor of the PYO Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Athenaeum Pops Orchestra (IN), the Valley Civic Orchestra (IL), the Youth Orchestra of the Lowcountry (SC), and the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his appointment at William & Mary, Dr. Marcus served on the faculties of the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Iowa and completed graduate studies at Butler University and the University of South Carolina where he earned a D.M.A. in conducting under the guidance of Dr. Donald Portnoy. His research is on the music of Hans Gál (1890-1987), an Austrian-Jewish composer and scholar who fled Nazi persecution and eventually settled in Edinburgh. Dr. Marcus serves as the USA contact for the Hans Gál Society and is a member of the Conductors Guild, College Music Society, National Association for Music Education, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.