Staff and Leadership

S.C. Toe, Artistic Director

S.C. Toe, Artistic Director, Renaissance City Choir

S.C. Toe made his international conducting debut in the summer of 2012 when he was invited to conduct on a series of concerts throughout Italy and Switzerland under the direction of Maestro Joseph del Principe. He was Principal/Founding Conductor of the Canton Community Orchestra and Chorus in his hometown of Canton, Ohio. And while studying at university, he served for two years as student conductor of the Malone University Chorale where he regularly conducted the University Chorale, University Chamber Choir, and the University Chapel Choir all under the supervision of then Chair of Music/Head of Choral Activities Dr. David Donelson. He also served as Chorus Master of the Malone Opera Theater Company coaching members on solo literature and conducting the chorus in performance.

Maestro Toe is also an active church musician beginning at a very early age; he has served as Organist/Director of Music for many years in Northeast Ohio. He moved to Memphis, Tennessee in the fall of 2014, answering the call to serve as Director of Music Ministries at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church where he oversaw all church music. After his second year in Memphis he was appointed Conductor of the Memphis Youth Symphony Orchestra during their 50th anniversary season. Toe also enjoyed a very active schedule as choral and orchestral clinician at multiple schools in the mid-south area. He was a regular faculty member at the University of Memphis Summer Music Festival, Instructor of Group Piano at New Hope Academy, and led the Memphis Symphony in over a dozen performances during his time in Tennessee.

Toe joins RCC in addition to his concurrent role as Music Director at Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park.

William Larson, Accompanist

William Larson - Renaissance City Choir accompanistWilliam Larson hails from Pittsburgh.  He received a fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center in 1989, and completed his graduate studies at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in 1992.  In addition to formal studies with Julian Martin (piano) and Samuel Sanders (accompanying), Larson has also worked with Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, and Eugene List, among others.  He studied composition with Joseph Willcox Jenkins, receiving feedback and encouragement from Morton Gould and Lukas Foss.  His work as a collaborative pianist has included assisting Mstislav Rostropovich with preparing the premiere of Lorin Maazel’s Music for Violoncello and Orchestra in 1996.

Larson’s competition wins include the American Music Scholarship Association Young Artists Piano Competition, the Pittsburgh Concert Society major auditions, the Boston Conservatory Young Composer’s Competition and others.  He has been featured on  WQED-FM’s Arhaus Performance in Pittsburgh.

In addition to concerto performances with orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony, Larson has performed as an orchestral keyboardist with the PSO, the Erie Philharmonic, the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra.  Repertoire has included Messiaen’s Turangalila-Symphonie, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and many works by John Adams, with the composer conducting.  He has played harpsichord continuo on Pitt’s Bach and Baroque series, and with the St. Vincent Camerata.

He has played harpsichord continuo on Pitt’s Bach and Baroque series, and with the St. Vincent Camerata. He has been Chorus Director/Principal Keyboardist for the Undercroft Opera company.

As a choir director and organist, Larson has served various churches in Baltimore and Pittsburgh.  He is Organist and Choir Director for Beulah Presbyterian Church, and Accompanist for the Renaissance City Choir.

Photo: John Colombo Photography

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