||Adjunct Professor of Music
D.M.A., Conducting, University of South Carolina
M.M., Vocal Performance, Winthrop University
M.B.A., Real Estate, University of South Carolina
B.A. (Honors), Music and Communications, Winthrop University
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Choral Conducting, Voice, Business (Finance, Community and Economic Development)
Imler conducts the Winthrop University Collegiate Choir and the Winthrop University Jazz Voices, and he has served as director of music at Ebenezer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill since 1999.
In 2007, he completed a D.M.A. degree in conducting at the University of South Carolina, studying with Larry Wyatt. While at USC, Imler collaborated in the preparation of university choirs for performance of Mozart’s Davidde Penitente with the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra. He also was awarded first prize in the Performing Arts Category of USC’s Graduate Student Competition, based upon research exploring the shape-note music of William Walker’s Southern Harmony. In 2009 and 2010, Imler served as clinician for the Rock Hill School District middle schools (Honors Choir and Middle School Clinic). In 2010, he conducted John Rutter’s Mass of the Children in a joint performance with the Rock Hill School District Elementary Honors Choir.
Imler earned bachelor's and master's degrees in music at Winthrop, studying voice with Jerry Helton and conducting with Robert Edgerton. Imler is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and also has served as a member of the Committee on Worship for the Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. He served previously as director of music for St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Lexington, S.C., from 1988-1991 and Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C., from 1993-1998.
He was selected as Winthrop University’s Rhodes Scholar nominee in 1987 and is a past recipient (1999) of Winthrop’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award. In 1990, he earned an M.B.A. degree from the University of South Carolina and has held various leadership roles in commercial banking and community development over the past 20 years.
Imler was appointed executive director of the Catawba Regional Council of Governments and its affiliated Development Corporation in 2009. He leads a 23-member professional staff with an annual budget exceeding $10 million and assets under management of over $24 million.
Prior to joining Catawba Regional in 2005, Imler was a senior vice president at Bank of America, holding various management positions in community development and commercial lending. He was named Bank of America’s Senior Banking Executive for York County in 2003, responsible for the bank’s community, operational, and philanthropic activity throughout York County, S.C.
Imler is a trustee of the York County Community Foundation and serves as treasurer of the S.C. Association of Regional Councils. He is immediate past vice chair and a continuing board member of Good Folks of York County. He lives in Tega Cay, S.C., with his wife, Tracy, and their three children.