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, Suzanne Ringer, she serves as a Chaplin and Music Specialist for All Seasons Hospice, and as the Director of Music at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, in Chapin, South Carolina. Prior to this, she was the Director of Music Ministries at Union United Methodist Church where she served for 20+ years. During this time Mrs. Ringer conducted many noted works such as Brahm’s Ein Duetches Requiem, Rutter's Gloria, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, and more. In 2006, the Union United Methodist Chancel Choir traveled to Austria and the Czech Republic to participate in the 250th Birthday Celebrations for Mozart, performing the Mozart Requiem with the University of South Carolina Concert Choir, and stand-alone performances in at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria and the St. Nicolas Church in Prague.
Mrs. Ringer holds a Masters of Church Music from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Louisville, Kentucky, where she studied conducting with John Dickson, and piano with Maurice Hinson. She completed her Bachelors of Music at Wingate University, near Charlotte, North Carolina, and has studied conducting with Dr. Larry Wyatt at the University of South Carolina.
William Douglas is currently in his studies for a master’s degree in Organ performance from the University of South Carolina where he studies with Dr. Jared Johnson (Canon Organist/Choirmaster of Trinity Cathedral in Columbia, SC). William also serves as the Music Associate & Organist at Shandon United Methodist Church in Columbia, SC, and the accompanist for the Dutch Fork Choral Society in Chapin.
William recently graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s of Music Degree in Organ Performance. His primary teachers included Dr. Jared Johnson and Ken Miller (Instructor of Church Music and Chapel Organist/Choirmaster for the School of Theology at Sewanee in Tennessee) for organ and Dr. Jerry Curry (Professor Emeritus of Music Theory and Harpsichord at the USC School of Music) for Harpsichord.