Dear Friends, Supporters, and Patrons of the Carolina Master Chorale:

It will come as no surprise that this 2020-21 Season Preview letter is the most challenging letter I have ever written to the CMC family. Frankly, the board, administration and singers don’t really know exactly how the upcoming season will unfold, but we know two things:

1. We will create high quality performances of great choral music at the level and significance that you have come to expect from us always. Whether in a virtual format, a modified live performance, or a full concert with large choir and audience, we will work with more love and intensity than ever before to bring beauty and peace to our troubled world, through the exquisite medium of choral artistry.

2. We need your support, critically, to persevere through what is likely to be a prolonged struggle. We specifically need and ask for season and single concert ticket purchases and your generous donations to our annual campaign.

To ensure the safety and comfort of our singers and audiences, we will rotate our concert season back two months from our normal calendar, offering the same number of concert productions, but creating space for us to achieve the highest art and entertainment in the safest possible manner. All fully live concerts for the season will be held on Sunday afternoons in the new spacious and beautiful First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach. This 900-seat venue with ample convenient parking will allow singers and audiences to space themselves out. We will be limiting ticket sales to no more than 450 people. This makes it more essential than ever before to purchase Season Tickets. A Season Ticket is the only way to ensure that you will have a seat for each performance. We are also developing a lengthy protocol for cleaning and social distancing to create a safe concert experience. 

Our season, “Singing the Colors of Music” will open with our annual holiday program, “The Colors of Christmas,” Sunday, December 13, 2020.

“Roses are Red, Love Songs Are Blue,” our annual Valentine concert will feature guest artist Greg Rowles, local television celebrity and Alabama Theater star, Sunday, February 14, 2021.

On Sunday, March 21, 2021, we will offer our 5th Annual CMC/CCU Vocal Competition Winners Concert, “Rainbows over Broadway.”

Our Season Finale “Red Hot Tango” will be our May 9, 2021 Mother’s Day gift to the community, featuring Robert Palmeri’s incredible Tango Mass, with the Long Bay Chamber Orchestra and professional bandoneonist, Rodolfo Zanetti of Argentina and New York.

Friends, we are facing a stark reality at the present time. Numerous funding sources have been rescinded, including our largest annual grant. We also lost significant income by cancelling our last concert of the 2019-20 season. We are cutting financial corners as far as we can and running an extremely tight fiscal ship. We have fixed monthly administrative expenses that will not abate during this time. Please do all in your power to help us stay afloat until the pandemic has passed and we can once again share our music in the powerful, unrestricted concerts you have come to know and expect.

Should circumstances prevent us from giving live performances, we will design and present exclusive, professional-quality virtual performances accessible only to our ticket holders. Those paths will become clearer in the days ahead.

Now we ask to hear from you. Please demonstrate your commitment to the cultural life of the Grand Strand with a personally significant donation to the Carolina Master Chorale Annual fund and your purchase of season tickets. And please share our story with your circle. We are always hoping to bring new friends to the CMC family. We will remember your kindness and will pledge to reward you over and over throughout the season and in future seasons as well. 

On behalf of the singers, board of directors, and administration of the Carolina Master Chorale, I send you our profound thanks, along with our fervent wish for your health, safety, peace and perseverance in these challenging days.

With deep appreciation,

Timothy Koch, Music Director
The Carolina Master Chorale

The Grand Strand’s most popular holiday choral tradition continues with a glorious program titled for one of the most beautiful works of English composer, John Rutter, The Colors of Christmas.  We will also feature colorful Christmas works Red and Green, by Joan Szymko, White Winter Hymnal, by Pentatonix, and unusual settings of Christmas classics Silver Bells, Blue Christmas, and more.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with our most popular annual program, this year featuring celebrity guest artist Greg Rowles local television personality and Alabama Theater star. The program will feature colorful love songs and Americana, including A Red, Red Rose, Purple Rain, Blue Velvet, Blackbird, The Yellow Rose of Texas, and much more.

We present the winners of our fifth annual Carolina Master Chorale-Coastal Carolina University Student Vocal Competition. Previous winners have gone on to professional engagements in theaters and on cruise ships in New York and around the world. The CMC will also sing music from Broadway’s most popular shows.

Our Season Finale, “Red Hot Tango,” will be our Mother’s Day gift to the community, featuring Martin Palmeri’s landmark Tango Mass, the CMC and the Long Bay Symphony Chamber Players, along with guest artists mezzp-soprano, Jennifer Luiken, New York/Argentinian bandoneonist, Rodolfo Zanetti, and professional tango dancers.

The carolina master chorale Mission

The mission of the Carolina Master Chorale is to promote the choral arts, present exceptional performances of choral music, enhance arts education, and enrich the cultural lives of our members, audiences, and the coastal Carolina community.

The Carolina Master Chorale, recognized as the premier symphonic chorus in the region, covering Northeast South Carolina and Southeast North Carolina, holds the distinction of being the longest-running community vocal organization in the Myrtle Beach area.

The CMC is proud to be celebrating its 37th anniversary season in 2019/2020, the 20th under the artistic leadership of the ensemble’s fourth and current Music Director, Dr. Timothy Koch. The repertoire of the Carolina Master Chorale encompasses a wide variety of innovative and critically acclaimed programming, including performances of traditional and lesser-known choral and choral/orchestral masterworks, full operatic productions, adventurous contemporary music, numerous commissions, and premieres, as well as lighter fare ranging from Broadway to vocal jazz and gospel music.