Current Press Release
PRESS RELEASE: April 5, 2017
FROM: Carolina Master Chorale
The Carolina Master Chorale is pleased to present Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance”
The CMC’s Music Director, Dr. Timothy Koch leads an all-star cast in the role of the Major General. Associate Conductor, Andrew Trautman conducts two performances of the Broadway award-winning musical, one of the most popular Gilbert & Sullivan operettas.
The Pirates of Penzance 7:30 PM – Saturday, May 6, 2017, Ocean View Baptist Church, 7300 North Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC
4:00 PM – Sunday, May 7, 2017, Ocean View Baptist Church, 7300 North Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC
Individual performance tickets are $20 for Adults, $15 for Seniors and Veterans and $5 for students (up to 22 with ID). Children under 12 attend free
Ticket outlets are:
The Wacky Rabbit – 7702 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC
Encore Florals & Fine Gifts – 225 Kingston St., Conway, SC
RE/MAX Southern Shores - 100 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC
Seashore Drugs – 10227 Beach Drive, Calabash, NC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - please distribute as appropriate.
The Carolina Master Chorale and the Music and Theatre Departments of Coastal Carolina University are pleased to announce the winners of the First Annual Carolina Master Chorale -Coastal Carolina University Student Vocal Competition held at the University's Edwards Recital Hall on Friday, November 4, 2016. The jury for the competition included Coastal Carolina voice faculty members Ann Benson, David Bankston, Patti Edwards, Jeffrey Jones, and Timothy Koch. Koch also serves as Music Director of the Carolina Master Chorale. Pianists D. Scott Ferguson and Michael Gribben accompanied the competing singers.
Francesca Brown and Corey Ryan tied for First Place; Brian Bruno and Whitney Daniels tied for Second Place, and Paige Mason and Sarah Parker tied for Third Place. Five of the six winners are Musical Theatre Majors, while Whitney Daniels is a Vocal Performance Major. Five winners are current seniors at CCU; Sarah Parker is a junior. Two winners are native to the Grand Strand. Whitney Daniels graduated from Carolina Forest High School, and Sarah Parker graduated from Socastee High School.
Participants in the competition performed two songs each from the opera and/or musical theatre repertory. Winners will receive cash prizes and will appear as featured soloists with the Carolina Master Chorale on four concerts over three days, February 10-12, 2017. The Valentine's weekend program titled, "All You Need Is Love," will be performed in Pawleys Island, Surfside, Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach. More details about the concerts are available at www.Carolinamasterchorale.com.
The Carolina Master Chorale is pleased to announce its 34th season, Songs for a Better World.
The Carolina Master Chorale joins with guest artists, speakers and musicians from the Long Bay Symphony to present an outstanding season of inspiration, love and entertainment. We sincerely hope that you will join with us as we continue our long tradition of excellence in choral performance.
Songs for a Better World - 4:00 PM - Saturday, October 22, 2016, Trinity Church, Myrtle Beach
4:00 PM - Sunday, October 23, 2016, Trinity United Methodist Church,
North Myrtle Beach
Christmas and All That Jazz II - 4:00 PM - Saturday, December 10, 2016, Trinity United Methodist Church, North Myrtle Beach 4:00 PM - Sunday, December 11, 2016, Trinity Church, Myrtle Beach
All You Need is Love - 7:30 PM - Friday, February 10, 2017, Trinity United Methodist Church, North Myrtle Beach 3:00 PM - Saturday, February 11, 2017, Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, Pawleys Island 7:30 PM - Saturday, February 11, 2017, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Surfide Beach 4:00 PM - Sunday, February 12, 2017, Trinity Church, Myrtle Beach
Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance - 7:30 PM - Saturday, May 6, 2017
4:00 PM - Sunday, May 7, 2017
Both performances will be at Ocean View Baptist Church, Myrtle Beach
Season Tickets are $70 for Adults, $50 for Seniors and Veterans, $15 for Students (up to 22 with ID).
Individual performance tickets are $20 for Adults, $15 for Seniors and Veterans and $5 for students (up to 22 with ID). Children under 12 attend free.
Ticket outlets are:
The Wacky Rabbit
7702 N Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
.Encore Florals & Fine Gifts
225 Kingston Street, Conway
10227 Beach Drive, Calabash
TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE BY CALLING (843) 444-5774
or visit our website
Sun News Article - 10/17/2016 - Click Here
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
The appropriately named Carolina Master Chorale is a treasure... Koch's beautifully prepared Carolina Master Chorale blended with the Long Bay Symphony as if they do this all the time...
- Myrtle Beach Herald
Verdi: La Traviata
This was a full length version production, sung in its original Italian. The program called the production semi-staged, but there was nothing amateurish about it.
Koch's sensitive conducting of the orchestra let listener feel the impact of such passages as the high, poignant strings which open the opera, returning late in the work after many shifts of mood.
The remarkable Carolina Master Chorale sent forth jolts of energy in such numbers as the famous "Drinking Song" in Act 1, making listeners completely unaware this is a volunteer group with diverse backgrounds, and not a full time professional music ensemble.
Everyone and everything worked well in this production. Nothing dragged and there was a sense of hardly realizing it was over when it ended.
Timothy Koch, the Carolina Master Chorale, and the cast of fine professionals let us experience a work which is an artistic entree into a world which existed as vividly today as it did in the 19th century.
- Myrtle Beach Herald
Verdi: Stabat Mater
In tones that ranged from quiet and contemplative to mournfully passionate, the 80 member Chorale offered up a stirring rendition of Giuseppe Verdi's Stabat Mater. A flawless performance, it demonstrated the group's vocal skills and precision.
- The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Ginastara: Lamentations of Jeremiah
In one of the special moments of the afternoon, this region;s other treasure, the Carolina Master Chorale, took the stage. Timothy Koch prepared the audience for the music to come with a brief description of the background of Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera and his powerful Lamentations of Jeremiah. Secure intonation let listeners concentrate on the vocal tone colors, the complex and difficult harmonies, and shifting dynamics
- The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Brubeck: La Fiesta de la Posada
It's not often that one associates a powerful, well-trained choir with jazz, but the program presented by the CMC certainly erased any doubts about whether this works. The CMC handled all of this effortlessly, and the soloists - Emily Hindrichs, David Bankston, Joe Chappel, and Drew Trautman - were exceptional. Certain parts must be pointed out - the jazz waltz feeling No. 8, "Run Run Run", the Three Wise Men in No.9, "Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh" with the unconventional chords, the riveting No. 10, "My Soul Magnifies the Lord" with its interweaving of declamatory instrumental gestures and beautiful solo, and finally No. 14, "God's Love Made Visible, with its unusual beat and massive, breathtaking conclusion, using all vocal and instrumental forces - because they demonstrate clearly the skill and power of the CMC itself.
- Myrtle Beach Herald
GUEST ARTIST REVIEWS
The highest praise from me.
- Carlisle Floyd, World-Renowned American opera Composer
How can I thank the Carolina Master Chorale enough for its superlative performances of my Seven Deadly Sins and An American Hallel performed this past weekend? To put it in a nutshell, CMC's skill and execution was right up there with America's top choral ensembles. Undoubtedly, this is due not only to the genuinely dedicated and nice community of CMC singers but also to their gifted and inspired musical leaders Maestro Tim Koch and composer-in-residence/accompanist Andrew Fowler. When leaders with vision show their charges the mountaintop and accept no less, great heights are attained. For all this, I am grateful for a thrilling weekend of music making. I will always be a devoted friend of the Carolina Master Chorale.
- Michael Isaacson, Ph. D., composer
I thank you for reaching out to me to be a part of a great experience. Cheers and rousing applause.
- Mitch Laurence, narrator, actor, ESPN commentator
My friends and I are still talking about how blown away we were today by that concert we saw. The chorale sounded amazing. Very Impressive!!!!
- Michael Orland, music director, American Idol
What a wonderful, innovative program by you and the CMC yesterday! The choir sounded great, and the new works were very enjoyable and engaging. It is so encouraging not only to see the CMC continuing to build momentum, but to see the success of interesting, fresh programming concepts presented in this community. Your efforts in this regard help to open up the market for new ideas with the Symphony and all other arts groups. Please share with the chorus (and with Andy Fowler) my enthusiastic congratulations for a huge undertaking well done!
- Charles Jone Evans, music director, Long Bay Symphony
Thank you again for the wonderful performance. You guys are really special.
- Ewa Mataya Laurance, world champion billiard player
I have to tell you that the best and highest class music making I've experienced since I have been here has come from the Carolina Master Chorale- it is really a first class organization. I wish you all continued success!
- John Santuccio, Executive Director
Horry County Arts & Cultural Enhancement