When the Columbia County Choral Society performs a concert Friday to celebrate American music, it will also be saying farewell to its choral director.
After leading the choir for nearly two years, Dr. Timothy Powell is stepping down to spend more time with his family. Powell and his wife have a 4-month-old son and 4-year-old daughter.
“In this case, it’s just another night away from home,” Powell said of being the choir director. “The position with the choral society ... regretfully was something we needed to step back from.”
Powell’s final concert is meant to honor America’s choral heritage, with choir members singing national spirituals dating back to the Revolutionary War.
“We’re really going to run the gamut,” Powell said. “It’s been fun to put together.”
A Celebration of American Music also will feature popular patriotic songs and modern American hymns.
“It’s a very varied and enjoyable program,” said society Publicity Chairwoman Beth Noland.
The choir also will perform Powell’s own piece, Shall I Lift Up My Eyes to the Hills.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Evans. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors, students, active duty military and groups of 10 people or more.
Powell, who earned his doctorate of music arts in conducting from the University of South Carolina, joined the choral society in September 2010. He currently serves as the director of choral activities at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School in Augusta and is the music director at Woodlawn United Methodist Church in Augusta.
Noland said that the choir is a stronger group today because of Powell.
“He has brought so much quality, instruction and just real musical knowledge to the group,” she said. “We’ve enjoyed him and we will miss him.”
The choral society is seeking a replacement for Powell. Those interested in the position can call (706) 860-9829 or visit www.ccchoralsociety.org for more details.