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Mark Daniel Merritt

MARK DANIEL MERRITT (b. New London, CT 1961) (ASCAP) is an award-winning composer and arranger. Mark has been the recipient of numerous [commissions] , including a commission in 2007 partially funded by the Kentucky Arts Council, to [compose the score to the musical River Dreams], which had its world premiere in July of that year. River Dreams is a dramatic performance of the book, A Long Row to Hoe, the autobiography of noted Kentucky author and Catlettsburg favorite son [Billy C. Clark] The play was written by Betty Peterson. In an interview with the Daily Independent newspaper in Ashland, Kentucky, the director of the play Edward Figgins states, "Music by composer Mark Daniel Merritt captures the mood of Peterson's lyrics."

The American Organist gave the following review of Mark's Christmas piece, "Deo Gratias:"

This setting of "Adam lay ybounden" will give Boris Ord's a run for its money. Well crafted and singable, this is sung with "traditional" harmonic language. An accompaniment for rehearsal is provided .

Mark was a composition student of the late Dr. Henry Hallstrom, whose teachers included world renowned composers Randall Thompson and Howard Hanson . [Mark Merritt's published works] [] are widely performed. Originally from Noank, CT, Mark now resides in Mount Airy, NC.


1. Town of Groton, CT Birth Records 2. "Stepping Out" The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Winter 2006 3. Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Daily News, May 25, 2007 4. Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Daily News, July 27, 2007 5.The Daily Independent Newspaper, Ashland, Kentucky, July 2007 6.The American Origanist, March, 2008 7. "Deo Gratias" biographical information Published by The Dream Mill Music Company, 2006 8. Surry Arts Council, Mount Airy, North Carolina

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