Education: Masters Degree in Guitar Performance Southern Illinois University, Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Clarke University in Iowa.
Teaching experience: 5 years
With Rhapsody since 2016
Marcus DeJesus is young guitarist originally from Brazil. Living in the US for about ten years, he has studied the guitar with Dr. Zane Merritt, Dr. Isaac Lausell and Dr. Miles McConnell. In Brazil, he has collaborated with the master Moacyr Teixeira Neto who teaches at the FAMES Music Conservatory situated in Vitoria, ES. That is where he studied during the summer of 2012 and has returned regularly to perform and lecture at the service of the school.
Marcus has strong roots in classical guitar, Brazilian jazz (Bossa Nova) and a variety of other styles. He’s been a soloist with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Illinois Symphony and, has performed in a variety of jazz ensembles in the Midwest and in Brazil. As a solo performer, he performed a recital tour in Brazil during the summer of 2015, sponsored by the Brazilian Federal Government. In May of 2016, Marcus was one of the main guests at the FIVES (International Guitar Festival of Espirito Santo). During this festival, guitarists like Gilson Antunes, Isaac Lausell, Ze Paulo Becker and others gathered for a series of master classes and solo recitals. Marcus was the youngest performer and lecturer of this list of awarded musicians.
During his free time, he enjoys running, hiking, watching movies, attending other art events, cooking and spending time with family and friends. His philosophy of teaching and life is that is important to “be yourself because everybody else is already taken.” Music allows humans to express what is between sentiments and what words cannot describe. Therefore, everybody should study it. Beginning September 2017, Marcus will be an adjunct professor of guitar and general music at Clarke University in Iowa.