Takach Transitions to Full-Time Composing Career

Timothy C. Takach joined the vocal ensemble Cantus at St. Olaf College in the fall of 1996, and completes his 17th season singing bass with the ensemble in the summer of 2013. During his tenure with Cantus, Takach was instrumental in the evolution of the group from collegiate ensemble to vibrant professional non-profit organization, recording 18 CDs, and helping to define the ensemble's prominence as the “premiere men's vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare). With Cantus, Takach has collaborated with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Trio Mediaeval, James Sewell Ballet, the Boston Pops, Minnesota Orchestra, Theater Latte Da, among others. Takach spent many years as the group's graphic designer, receiving specific praise for his CD packages. He has also at various times been the web designer and Artistic Co- Director.

An accomplished classical composer, Takach leaves Cantus to compose full-time, as well to give workshops and clinics in composition and in vocal and chamber music education. He has written over 50 commissions for vocal ensembles and chamber groups, and his music is rapidly gaining momentum in the concert world. Of his choral music The Washington Post has said “the gorgeous part-song harmonies never obscured the text, making the lyrics an equal partner to the music.” Takach is also the Vice-President of both Graphite Publishing and of the Independent Music Publisher's Cooperative.

“I will always treasure my time with Cantus.” Takach says. “It has been so formative in the way that I sing, in the way that I work collaboratively with others, and it has given me so many tools that inform the way that I write for voices. I look forward to being able to compose full-time, but I'll deeply miss the friends that I've made in the ensemble and the camaraderie that surrounded our music-making.”

Takach currently has a healthy schedule of 10 commissions for the 13-14 season, and continues to discuss possibilities for future pieces.