Timothy C. Takach, bass

Graphic Designer
17th season with Cantus
Hometown: Lake Zurich, IL; then Eden Prairie, MN
BA in Theory and Composition, St. Olaf College
BA in Studio Art, St. Olaf College

A co-founder of Cantus, bass Timothy C. Takach has been with the ensemble since 1996 and brings a variety of talents and knowledge to the organization. With Cantus he has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Doc Severinsen, Trio Mediaeval, The Boston Pops, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the James Sewell Ballet. Tim also enjoys a busy and varied career as a composer, publisher, clinician and freelance graphic designer.

He writes many pieces a year on commission, and his compositions have been heard on NPR and performed in concert halls across the United States, Canada, and Europe. The 2006 Texas All-State Choir and the 2009 Florida All-State Choir performed his piece “The Darkling Thrush,” commissioned by the St. Olaf Choir, and his arrangement of “What Child is This” opened each performance of the 2007 Boston Pops Holiday tour. Takach was the guest clinician at the 2009 Bach Festival of Kalamazoo and the 2010 Eastern Kentucky Univeristy Choral Festival, and he enjoys working with thousands of singers every season with Cantus.

In 2005, he and fellow Minneapolis composer Jocelyn Hagen founded Graphite Publishing, an online vocal music publishing company, and he is also the vice-president of the Independent Music Publishers Cooperative. Takach graduated with honors from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN with a BA in Music Theory/Composition and a BA in Studio Art. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and sons.

Questions for Tim:

What was your favorite Cantus experience last season?
We spent 10 days in Vail, CO over the summer. It was great to perform some chamber music, do collaborations with other musicians (including the Philadelphia Orchestra), sing some concerts in libraries for kids, we got to do everything we love. We made a lot of new friends, and made some fantastic music. AND, I got a chance to mountain bike down Vail mountain. Twice. Still healing.

What are you looking forward to most in the 2012-2013 season?
The opportunity to perform in Oman and Dubai is a no-brainer, but I think our Christmas concert will be fantastic.

Who is your favorite singer (any kind) and what is it about their singing that inspires you?
I don’t know that I have a favorite singer. I feel that for some artists, their singing isn’t the best, but the combination of their voice and the delivery of the music fits perfectly. Bruce Springsteen isn’t the best singer in the world. But the man can tell a story like nobody else. I don’t learn any technique from Sting, but I can tell that he is his music and his music is him. It’s just honest. I love singers that are sincere and can sound beautiful in their own way.

What music are you listening to now?
Abigail Washburn, Elbow, Sarah Jarosz, Kammerchor I Vocalisti, Brandi Carlile, Silversun Pickups, Shara Worden

What do you love most about living in the Twin Cities?
I love that these cities support the arts so strongly. There are always shows to go to – orchestra, dance, theater, vocal, bands, songwriters, art, everything. We never have to convince the population of the Twin Cities to go support art and artists.

Who is your hero?  (Real or Fictional)

Who is your favorite SUPER hero?
Batman – Michael Keaton and Christian Bale

What is your favorite part of touring?
I think that Cantus knows how to tour. We’re like a machine. We know how to go about each day, who to talk to because they’re in a good mood, who to avoid because they’re in a bad mood, everything is second nature. I also love to meet audience members and musicians across the country. It makes the musical community feel even a little bit smaller and more familiar. Touring is also the only time I get to indulge my guilty pleasure of watching horror movies.

What do you like to do when you’re not making music?
Well, a big part of my life revolves around making music. I compose and I’m also a music publisher when I’m not singing. Other than that, I love spending time with my family, I love to swim, ride my bike, I read a ton (I’m always game for recommendations <<hint, hint>>), and I play board games. We LOVE board games at our house, and always love it when friends come over to join us.