A MESSAGE FROM OUR MUSIC DIRECTOR
Dear Friends, Supporters, and Patrons of the Carolina Master Chorale:
As I write this letter and look ahead to my 22nd season as CMC Music Director, the CDC has this week lowered restrictions on masking and public events, including singing, and a loud rendition of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus is now relentlessly looping in my brain! May none of us have to experience another year like the last one! As the CMC turns the page on a difficult, but surprisingly successful season, we have one goal in mind: to show you our appreciation by producing our best season ever – AWAKE THE MUSIC!
In October we will open our season with another of our popular Broadway concerts: “New York, New York.” Joined by the winners of our 5th Annual CMC/CCU Student Vocal Competition, the Chorale will offer music from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Wiz, Les Miserables, Singin’ in the Rain, Tarzan, My Fair Lady, The Lion King, Aspects of Love, Dear Evan Hansen, and more. Our season debut will introduce many of you to our beautiful new concert home, First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach.
In December, our annual holiday concert, Awake the Voice, Awake the String…What Sweeter Music Can We Bring?, features the most beautiful music of the Christmas Season composed for choir and chamber orchestra. Our program begins with one of history’s most beloved small masterworks, Gloria, by Antonio Vivaldi. We then continue with stunning holiday works and arrangements by Jean Berger, Dan Forrest, Heather Sorenson, Mark Hayes, Ola Gjeilo, and others. When the last notes of this concert reach your ears, your holiday spirit will be in full bloom.
On Valentine’s weekend, 2022, popular local television and Alabama Theater celebrity Greg Rowles joins the CMC for Stories of the Heart. Backed by the Chorale, Greg will spin stories and sing songs that will put a smile on your face and a glow in your heart.
We received your support in the most generous ways in 2020-2021, and the only way we know to thank you is to make our music better than ever. Now we ask again for your annual commitment to the cultural life of the Grand Strand – a personally significant donation to the Carolina Master Chorale Annual fund and your purchase of season tickets. And please share our vision 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 as these challenging days begin to fade in our past, and a brighter 2021-2022 emerges.
With deep appreciation,
Timothy Koch, Music Director
The Carolina Master Chorale
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 39th anniversary season in 2021/2022. 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.
The Carolina Master Chorale thanks the following organizations for their financial support: