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 His doctoral dissertation involved the research and performance of a few formerly unpublished motets from the early 17th century; this work was awarded the Julius Herford Prize for outstanding graduate research by the American Choral Director’s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).