TMG Presents:

The 6 Pillars of Charleston Music

 A concert and Catered Reception

On Sunday, February 12 at 3pm


Dr. William Gudger     Dr. David Maves     Ellen Moryl      Emily Remington     Steve Rosenberg    Maestro David Stahl


The Taylor Music Group (TMG) would like to invite you to a choral concert and VIP reception on Feb. 12th entitled The Six Pillars of Charleston Music, an event honoring six giants in the history of the Charleston classical music scene: Maestro David Stahl, Emily Remington, Ellen Dressler Moryl, Steve Rosenberg, William D. Gudger, and David Maves, featuring the Taylor Festival Choir (TFC). The concert, hosted by the College of Charleston School of the Arts Dean Valerie Morris, begins at 3 pm at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, features music chosen to venerate our honorees, including a commissioned piece by Edward Hart, works by David Maves, J.S. Bach's Komm Jesu Komm," Herbert Howells Take Him Earth for Cherishing, Johannes Brahms Schaffe in mir and “Make Our Garden Grow” from Leonard Bernstein's Candide. 

The concert is followed by a catered reception at the Washington Light Infantry Building, 287 Meeting Street. This gathering will feature delicious food, wine, and a slide show featuring the lives and careers of each honoree. Testimonials from those touched by these artistic giants will be shared in conjunction with the slide shows. Our honorees and many of the performers will be in attendance and available to our patrons. 

This event will be a sort of 'Kennedy Center Honors' concert for Charleston!  We Charlestonians enjoy one of the great arts scenes in the country. Each one of our honorees played a huge role in this city becoming the arts mecca it is today! Please come celebrate their contributions with us!! 

Tickets can be purchased here . Reception and concert (with preferred seating) is $100. Preferred seating only is $35, general admission $25, student tickets $10. For further information, pleased call 843.953.8231

This concert is sponsored by Uricchio, Howe, Krell, Jacobson, Toporek, Theos, and Keith, PA - Attorneys at Law; and Maryileen and Charlie Cumbaa.

About our Honorees

Maestro David Stahl served as Music Director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra from 1984 to 2010. During his tenure, the Charleston Symphony grew into one of the finest regional orchestras in the nation. Maestro Stahl, a student of Leonard Bernstein, also served as Music Director and Intendant at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, Germany from 1999 until his untimely death in 2010. Respected for his work in all musical eras, Stahl was particularly noted for his interpretations of Mahler and other late-Romantic composers.

Emily Remington "retired" to Charleston in 1977 after a distinguished music career in Augusta, GA. Once in Charleston Emily founded the popular Singers Guild (now the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus), served as Music Director/Organist at Grace Episcopal Church, and served on the music faculty at the College of Charleston. "Miss Emily" was perhaps best known in Charleston for her annual Holiday Pops extravaganza with the Singers Guild and Charleston Symphony. Recently turning 100-years "young," she continues to run a concert series at Franke  at Seaside. 

Ellen Dressler Moryl served as City of Charleston Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs f0r 27 years. Under her leadership, Charleston simply became one of the most important arts cities in the United States. Among her many initiatives, Ms. Moryl founded the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, which, in its partnership with Spoleto Festival USA, became one of the most important music festivals in the world. Also a fine cellist, Ms. Moryl is the leader of the Ensemble of St. Clare at Mepkin Abbey.

Steve Rosenberg came to the College of Charleston in 1985, and served as the Department Chair for over 25 years. Under his leadership, the CofC Department of Music grew into one of the finest, most unique collegiate music centers in the region. One of the true international pioneers in Early Music performance and pedagogy, Rosenberg has literally toured the world as a performer on recorder. He is the founder of the Early Music Series in Piccolo Spoleto, and his Charleston Pro Musica has toured throughout the US and Europe.

Photograph Courtesy of the South Carolina Arts Commission

Dr. William D. Gudger served on the music faculty at the College of Charleston from 1978 to 2008, where he served as Professor of Music History and Theory. Gudger is an internationally recognized Handel scholar, whose work has been published and presented in the field's leading journals and conferences. He is a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of Music. Gudger also served as Cathedral Organist at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, and has performed countless concerts with every conceivable Charleston music ensemble. 

Dr. David Maves arrived at the College of Charleston in 1976, and served the College in various capacities, including Music Department Chair and Professor of Music Theory and Composition studies. Prior to coming to Charleston, Maves served as the Ford Foundation Composer-in-Residence in Raleigh, NC. His compositions, which number over two hundred in every conceivable genre, have been performed by esteemed ensembles throughout Europe and the United States.


This event is generously sponsored by Uricchio, Howe, Krell, Jacobson ,Toporek, Theos, and Keith, PA Attorneys at Law; and Maryileen and Charlie Cumbaa

Our New World-Premier Recording !

We are proud to announce the release of the internationally acclaimed Taylor Festival Choir’s 4th commercial CD! The renowned Delos recording label has produced the World Premier Recording of Celtic Mass by Michael McGlynn (best known for his work with his Irish choir Anuna), paired with another setting of the Mass by the man acknowledged as Scotland’s greatest composer, Sir James MacMillan. This disc is already being considered for GRAMMY Awards in 3 categories!  You can order your copy here!



Na Fidléirí Open Auditions!

Interested in Irish and Scottish fiddle? Do you enjoy making music with friends in a lively, fun atmosphere? Would you like making music in Ireland? Charleston’s internationally-renowned Celtic fiddling ensemble NaFidleiri is holding “season kick-off auditions” for fiddle, bodhran, and penny whistle. Interested students should contact Na Fidleiri Director Mary Taylor at (843) 819-6961 to schedule an audition. All auditions must be scheduled in advance. Sláinte! For more information on Na Fid, click the photo below.