Dr. Timothy Koch joined the voice faculty of Coastal Carolina University in the Spring of 2011. He has previously taught voice at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois, but the majority of his career has focused in the conducting and choral music fields.
Dr. Koch is serving his thirteenth season as Music Director and Conductor of the Carolina Master Chorale in 2012-2013. 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. Myrtle Beach Herald reviewer, William Hamilton, has written: “The appropriately named Carolina Master Chorale is a treasure...”
Koch has led the CMC in five international tours featuring performances in Italy, Denmark, Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain, Costa Rica, Finland, Estonia and Russia. In 2007 the Chorale joined a nationwide choir of 300 performing under Dr. Koch at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.
As founder/music director of the professional Carolina Chamber Chorale, Koch’s work was 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." The Carolina Chamber Chorale is featured on five commercial recordings on the Albany and Naxos labels.
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. Previously, he has taught on the faculties of the Eastman School of Music, Syracuse University, The University of Southern Mississippi, the University of South Carolina, the College of Charleston, Illinois Wesleyan University and Blackburn College. He also serves as Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church, Myrtle Beach.