The American choral conductor, Marlon Gene Eugene Hurst, studied at Laurel County High School in London, Kentucky (Class of 1985). He obtained his Bachelor of Music degree in sacred music from Cumberland College (Kentucky) (1990) where he was a student of Dr. Joe Tarry; and his Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of Tennessee (1992) where he studied with Dr. David Stutzenberger.
From 1997-2002, Marlon Hurst was the Director of Music at Conyers Presbyterian Church (Georgia). While in the Atlanta area, he sang with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus, and in 2002 was a member of the professional chorus, the Atlanta Singers. Through the Carnegie Hall Conductor's Workshop, he has sung under the baton of Helmuth Rilling, André Previn and Sir Neville Marriner. Since 2003, he has lived in Kentucky where he is the Director of Music and Arts at First Presbyterian Church of Lexington. He has been the Artistic Director of the Kentucky Bach Choir since the fall of 2009. He is also currently serving as the President of the Board of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians.