Walla Walla Choral Society



Making a Positive Sound in Our Community



Meet Terry Koch

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Member Since 1991

I taught school music, pre-school through college for 46 years in Massachusetts, Maryland, Hawaii, Seattle, and College Place and am recently “retired”. However, I still direct two church choirs, a handbell ensemble, and sing in the Choral Society. I also volunteer in grades one and two at Rogers Adventist School which was where I taught music until my retirement.

I come from a very musical family. One grandfather had his own band. The other grandfather led the choir singing in his church. My father was offered a vocation as a professional singer, but he turned it down feeling it was not a good situation for a family man.

My wife, who I first met in Vienna, Austria when we were master’s degree students taking classes in that City of Music, is a piano teacher and accompanist. We have two sons who are both actively involved in music. One son is an editor of “Lifestyles” and other Union Bulletin publications. His wife teaches private art lessons. The other son teaches high school English, computers, Bible, and handbells and his wife teaches school music Kindergarten through grade 12. We have three granddaughters, one grandson, and a 31.5 year-old cockatiel.