Grant supports composer’s residency and commission of new work

Composer and conductor Timothy Takach spent two days in February working with Bexley’s high school and middle school choirs, thanks to a $6,000 BEF grant. The grant supported not only the two-day residency in Bexley, where he worked with all choirs in preparation for their winter concert, but also the composition of a new musical work for Bexley’s Vocal Ensemble choir.

The choir premiered the piece, entitled Fragile, at the American Choral Directors Association Conference in Chicago, where group was one of only two high school choirs in the division — comprised of Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana — chosen to perform.

“This is a tremendous honor, and they are very excited to have this opportunity,” said Amy Blosser, BHS and BMS Director of Choirs.

Takach, based in Minneapolis, is a full-time composer who has received numerous awards and more than 80 commissions.