Marko Petričić holds D.M.A. and M.M. degrees from Indiana University where he studied with Dr. Christopher Young, and a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from Ohio University where his teacher was Dr. H. Joseph Butler. Dr. Petričić is an adjunct professor of organ and sacred music at the University of Indianapolis. He also taught applied organ lessons and organ literature at Indiana University. As an active church musician, he is Music Associate/Organist at Northminster Presbyterian Church and was previously Assistant Organist and Choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral and Choir Director/Organist at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Indianapolis. He has presented recitals and master classes at Shanghai Normal University in China, University of Toronto, Canada, and University of Belgrade, Serbia during the 2016-17 seasons. As an accomplished keyboard performer, he has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions featuring a wide range of repertoire from Duruflé, Strauss, and Stravinsky to John Adams, John Williams, Lutoslavski and Penderecki under such esteemed conductors as Krszystof Urbanski, Edo De Waart, Roberto Abbado, and Giancarlo Guerrero.
During the summer of 2014, he presented a scholarly paper “Performing Organ works on the Bayan Accordion” at the American Guild of Organists National Convention in Boston. He was also a teacher/performer/presenter at the Valparaiso University Pipe Organ Encounter 2015, and a director for the Pipe Organ Encounter at the University of Indianapolis, 2014. His performance of Naji Hakim’s “Messe Solennelle” with the Indianapolis Festival Chorus at Christ Church Cathedral was broadcasted on National Public Radio’s “Pipe Dreams”.
Dr. Petričić has won awards in numerous organ competitions, most notably the First Prize at the San Marino National Organ Competition in Los Angeles. He was a member of the jury for the Fort Wayne National Organ Competition twice, and for the local AGO chapter competition in Indianapolis. In July of 2008, Dr. Petričić was one of the recitalists featured at the Organ Historical Society National Convention and his recital was highly praised in “The Diapason”. His CD recording of French Romantic music “French Accent” was released on Pro Organo label. Marko Petričić has performed throughout the United States, Germany, France, Sweden, Spain, Yugoslavia and Serbia. He also participated in the Summer Organ Academy in Leipzig, Germany and French Organ Music Seminar in Paris, France. During the summer of 2009, Dr. Petričić opened the ninth International Organ Festival in Belgrade, Serbia, and his performance “dazzled the audience” in the words of the critics. His full interview and an artist profile was published in the August issue of the National Airlines Magazine (JAT Airways).
As an accomplished bayan-accordion performer, Marko Petričić has won top prizes at International competitions in Italy, Germany, Yugoslavia, and the United States. He has performed for the Yugoslav National Radio and Television, with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and the Naples Philharmonic. His bayan CD “The Years of Pilgrimage” received an excellent review from the “Accordions Worldwide” reviews. His passion for various musical genres led to a concert of Spanish and South American music for the Embassy of Spain in Puerto Rico, because of a prize won at the Latin American Music Center competition at Indiana University.