Timothy C. Takach
Reviewed as “gorgeous” (Washington Post) and “stunning” (Lawrence Journal-World), the music of Timothy C. Takach has risen fast in the concert world. Applauded for his melodic lines and rich, intriguing harmonies, Takach has received over 80 commissions from numerous organizations including VocalEssence, the St. Olaf Band, Cantus, Pavia Winds, the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, The Singers: Minnesota Choral Artists, the Cherry Creek High School Meistersingers, the New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus and the Miami University Men’s Glee Club. His compositions have been heard on NPR and have been recorded by various groups in North America.
Takach has won the Boston Choral Ensemble’s Commission Competition, Rochester Choral Arts Ensemble’s Second Annual Commissioning Contest and was a finalist in the Young New Yorker’s Competition for Young Composers. His music is regularly performed by festival and All-State choirs including Texas, Florida, Minnesota and South Carolina. “What Child is This” was featured on the 2007 Boston Pops holiday tour, “Twas in the Moon of Wintertime” was included in a 2006 worldwide Christmas radio broadcast through the European Broadcasting Union and two of his pieces are included in the series Teaching Music through Performance in Choir. Takach has received grants from the American Composers Forum, Meet the Composer, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and yearly ASCAP Plus awards since 2004.
He is a co-creator of the theatrical production of All is Calm: the Christmas Truce of 1914, by Peter Rothstein. The critically adored show has had over 100 performances since it’s premiere in 2006.
Takach studied music composition at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, where he graduated with honors. He has frequent work as a presenter, clinician and lecturer for conventions, schools and students across the country. He is a full-time composer and lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons.