Formed in 2001, the Dutch Fork Choral Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) community choir serving the Dutch Fork, Chapin and Irmo area. Through participation, members have the opportunity to share, preserve, and advance the art of choral singing in addition to developing their talents by performing a varied and challenging repertoire. From the sounds of Broadway to the spiritual works of composers such as Moses Hogan, this choral ensemble aims to please its audience through the gift of music!
The DFCS performs formal concerts throughout the year for the community, including The Lowman Home, a residential home for the aged. Rehearsals are held from 7-9pm at Chapin United Methodist Church on Tuesday evenings from January to May and August to November. Newcomers are always welcome!
Artistic Director (August 2018-June 2020)
Choral conductor, composer, and educator, Dr. Kirstina Rasmussen Collins grew up in the Midwest singing in school choirs and writing pop songs. She moved to Los Angeles to study music composition at the University of Southern California’s School of Music. Studying with Morten Lauridsen, Kirstina further discovered her love for writing for the voice, while having transformative experiences singing with the USC Chamber Singers. Following her Bachelors of Music, Kirstina followed her passion for choral music to Boston University, where she studied Choral Conducting with Ann Howard Jones, receiving her Masters in Music degree.
Kirstina had the privilege to teach for a year as a visiting instructor at Luther College, working with Tim Peter and the late Weston Noble, from whom she learned much about the communal impact of choral music. She carried this understanding to later teaching environments: Proctor Academy (a college prep boarding school) and Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, Newport Center United Methodist Church back in California, and two West Los Angeles elementary schools, before returning to graduate work at the University of Southern California. After returning to school, she also directed a Los Angeles based women’s choir, the Ebell Chorale, and taught choir and music appreciation courses at Ezra University, a small bible school in LA.
Through the years, Kirstina has had commissions, premieres and performances of her choral works: by the Harvard Glee Club, San Francisco Choral Society, and Peninsula Women’s Chorus, among other ensembles. As a vocalist, she enjoyed singing in the Tanglewood Symphony Chorus under Jon Oliver, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale under Grant Gershon. She currently has publications with Santa Barbara Music Publishing.
Kirstina came to South Carolina to complete her DMA in Choral Conducting at the University of South Carolina, which she earned in 2019. While there, she taught theory, aural skills, and enjoyed working with the Summer Choir at USC. She has enjoyed her work in the community as the co-director of Capella Pueri children's choir at The Basilica of St. Peter, as the music director at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, and especially as the artistic director of the Dutch Fork Choral Society. Kirstina and her husband Michael have two young sons, Orion and Skyler.
Accompanist (August 2018-)
A native of Greenwood, SC, Bradley Fuller began taking piano lessons at age eight. His study of the instrument continued throughout his middle and high school years, during which time he also played alto saxophone as a part his schools' marching and concert bands. A student of Phillip Bush, Bradley graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2016 with a BA in Music as well as a BA in Economics.
Bradley is currently the host and producer of South Carolina Public Radio's live, weekday classical music program, Sonatas & Soundscapes. He is also a pianist/accompanist for several churches in the Columbia area, which he calls home.