About This Blog

The purpose of this blog is to chronicle the music ministry of Trinity Episcopal Church in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Here you will find information about our choirs, listings of music to be sung at upcoming services, recordings of music sung a previous services, as well as background and commentary on many aspects of our musical traditions and liturgical practices.

About the Director of Music

Dr. Mark Chaney has been choirmaster and Organist at Trinity since August of 2008.

His musical career began inauspiciously at the age of five when he became a nuisance to his kindergarten teacher by bulldozing other children aside at song time in order to put his head against the piano as the teacher played.  Phone calls were made, a piano was acquired, lessons were arranged for, and the rest (as they say) is history.

Much later, he received his DMA in conducting from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 2007.  His doctoral dissertation involved the research and performance of a few formerly unpublished motets from the early 17th century; this work was awarded the Julius Herford  Prize for outstanding graduate research by the American Choral Director’s Association.

He also holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.  His time at Ohio Northern included a year’s study at the univerity of Wales, Lampeter, where he served as Organ Scholar in St. David’s chapel.  From 1998 to 2004, Dr. Chaney was Director of Music Ministries at Messiah Lutheran Church in Rochester.  In 2006 he was selected as one of the conductor participants in the Toronto Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling.

Mark is married to Kristine, a “preacher’s kid” native of western New York, whom he met as a fellow undergraduate music major at Ohio Northern.  They live in Myrtle Beach with their sons William and Christian (seen in the photo above, assisting his father at the console).

4 thoughts on “About This Blog

  1. reedpros says:

    I really enjoyed your blog! I’m from South Carolina living in California now. Reading your blog reminds me of being at home performing in those beautiful churches with the magnificent organs. Please keep up the good work in having classical works performed. Music like that is sadly disappearing from our places of worship. Keep it alive!

  2. Larry Houff says:

    Hi, Mark. We came to the church today (Saturday Feb. 16) at 4:00 for the Hood Memorial Organ Dedication Concert, listed in Nicole Keller’s concert program and no one was there. Did we goof? Larry Houff

    • A thousand apologies, Larry. You were in the right place at the right time, but the concert had to be cancelled because the organ isn’t finished. We were anxious about this in January when Nicole played, but didn’t have any definitive word–so we included the date in the program. Alas! it wasn’t to be. Again, sorry about that. Hope you are enjoying your SC time!

  3. Larry Houff says:

    Thanks for the response. Larry

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