Timothy Koch, DMA
Music Director and Conductor
Timothy Koch serves his fifteenth season as Music Director and Conductor of the Carolina Master Chorale in 2015-2016. His tenure has been marked by notable growth in artistic achievement, extensive touring, acclaimed performances of the masterworks for chorus and orchestra, opera productions, commissioning of numerous major new works, and expanded educational programming.
Koch has led the CMC in tour performances throughout Italy in 2003, and Denmark, Germany and the Czech Republic in 2005, to New York's Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in 2007, and throughout Spain in June 2008 and Costa Rica in 2010. In South Carolina, Koch and the CMC have presented acclaimed performances of Bach's St. John Passion, the Mozart and Brahms Requiems, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Beethoven's Mass in C. Koch has prepared the CMC for performances of Verdi'd Requiem and Stabat Mater, the Poulenc Gloria, Schoenberg's Survivor from Warsaw, and Orffs Carmina Burana, among others. A 2008 performance of Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with the Long Bay Symphony inspired Myrtle Beach Herald reviewer, William Hamiton to write, "The appropriately named Carolina Master Chorale is a treasure..."
Koch and the CMC embraced a new genre in 2006 with a full concert performance of Bizet's beloved opera, Carmen. The Chorale followed with a semi-staged production of Verdi's La Traviata in May 2008. Following the Verdi performances, William Hamilton again wrote for the Herald, "The remarkable Carolina Master Chorale....(made) listeners completely unaware this is a volunteer group... and not a full time professional music ensemble." Koch and the CMC plan that the great opera repertory will now be regularly represented in future CMC season programming.
The CMC's growth has also been marked by numerous successful collaborations. Koch has forged collaborative projects and relationships with the Long Bay Symphony and South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestras, composer Carlisle Floyd, conductors Charles Jones Evans, Micholas Smith, Donald Neuen, Robert Page, David Rayl, Andre' Thomas, and Eph Ehly, Viennese baritone, Benno Schollum, American soprano Shelly Jameson, internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Kirstin Chavaez, and international music theatre star, Mark Vitale. In recent seasons, the CMC has shared talent and resources with Conway's Theatre of the Republic, Litchfield Dance Arts, and the Myrtle Beach Beach School of Performing Arts for a number of popular community projects.
Teamed with CMC Composer-in-Residence Andrew Fowler, Koch has presented more than twenty-five premieres of important new works by the composer. In February 2007 members of the CMC participated in the world premiere of Fowler's most important work to date, Directions for Singing, a 45-minute work for chorus, orchestra, narrator, and soprano and baritone soloists, at New York's Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, under the baton of world-renowned choral maestro, Eph Ehly. Koch and Fowler have conceived an opera on Pat Conroy's The Prince of Tides which Fowler has composed for premiere some time in the near future.
As founder/music director of the professional Carolina Chamber Chorale (also known as the Tim Koch Singers), Koch inspired widespread artistic achievement, including five commercial recordings on the Albany and Naxos/Milken Achieve labels. His work with the ensemble has been lauded by Gramophone Magazine, "a wonderful compendium of finely-judged performances"; the Charleston Post and Courier, "You have not heard anything like this. Ever."; and American Composer Samuel Adler, "the finest Professional choir in America."
Koch holds degrees from Illinois Wesleyan University and the University of Illinois and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He has taught at the Eastman School of Music, Syracuse University, The University of Southern Mississippi, where in 1998 he was chosen as the sole USM recipient of the Mississippi legislature's HEADWAVE award, the University of South Carolina, the College of Charleston, and Illinois Wesleyan University, where he served as Visiting Director of Choral Activities in Spring 2009. He is married to Grand Strand native and CMC member Jo Nell (Brown) Koch. He also serves the community as a board member for the future Myrtle Beach Performing Arts Center.
Daniel P. Francis
Daniel Francis began his musical studies at the age of twelve. In 2000, Daniel made his orchestral debut with the Long Bay Youth Symphony performing the third movement of Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto. In addition to winning several other statewide piano competitions while high school, Daniel also collaborated with Metropolitan Opera singer, Tom Fox. Daniel's principle teachers in his early years were Joan Bosworth and Philip Powell.
Daniel received his undergraduate education from Bob Jones University where he studied under Peter Davis. In 2004, Daniel was the top prize winner of the South Carolina Music Teacher's Association Young Artist Piano Competition. At the regional level, Daniel placed in the top 3 and received an Honorable Mention for his performance, which included a full solo recital as well as Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1. In 2006 Daniel graduated Cum Laude from BJU with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance.
Summer of 2006 saw Daniel at the Brevard Music Center. While a piano student in the Advanced Division, Daniel studied with Andrew Cooperstock, Arthur Rowe, and Julian Martin. While at Brevard, Daniel won third place in the Zimmerli Solo Piano Competition, and received a cash prize as well as a full scholarship to BMC for 2007.
Most recently, Daniel successfully completed a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance with honors from the University of South Carolina. While at USC, Daniel was awarded a Graduate Assistantship in Collaborative Piano, and was a student of world-renowned concert pianist, Marina Lomazov.
As a Collaborative Pianist, Daniel has performed with touring artists Adrienne Danrich, Lawrence Craig, Kirsten Chavez, Sarah Reese, Joe Chappelle, Emily Hindrichs, among many others.
Currently, Daniel is a Collaborative Pianist for Coastal Carolina University School of Music, where he also teaches piano. Daniel is also the pianist for the Carolina Master Chorale under the direction of Tim Koch. When not at the piano Daniel can usually be found on the tennis court either teaching or playing.