St. Marks Music Academy
The nurture and outreach committee of the biennium 1989-1991 felt the need for a proper and systematic training of music in Churches and allied institutions and also to serve the people of the city. Having well qualified and experienced personal available, St. Marks started the Ecumenical School of Music and allied services in April 1990, with Prof. David Sebastian as the Director. The school received the affiliation of the Royal School of Church Music, London.
To have a proper and systematic study, the curriculum and syllabus of Trinity College of Music, London and the associated board of the Royal School of Music, London are followed. The school started with classes for Piano and theory of music to begin with. The students are encouraged to take the examinations conducted by these boards. Students are stimulated to take up classes in different instruments of their choice and also to play and sing in choirs.
The school has grown both in the number of students and the variety of instruments taught. The student strength at present is about 175. The instruments taught are Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Soprano Recorder and Alto Recorder. Apart from the instruments, theory of music, vocal training is also taught.
Three to four times in the year, special programmers are arranged and performed by the students and staff.
During 2006/2007, the pastorate committee changed the name of the school to St. Marks Music Acadamy.
The music ministry is one that uplifts us inwardly and outwardly.
Sukirtan K. Das,