David J. Cochrane, Director of Sacred Music

David J. Cochrane a native of Scranton, PA, began his career in Catholic liturgy at a very young age.  Currently he serves as the Director of Music at both Cardinal Newman School, a 550 student diocesan Catholic school for grades 7-12, and at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Columbia, South Carolina.  Cochrane holds degrees from Dickinson College (Bachelor of Arts), where he studied conducting with Dr. Robert W. Pound and the University of South Carolina (Masters of Music in Choral Conducting) where he studied under the tutelage of Dr. Larry D. Wyatt and Dr. Alicia W. Walker.


Cochrane also studied choral conducting in Moscow, Russia, at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow under Professor Alexander Solovyev.  While in Moscow he guest conducted the Moscow Conservatory Chamber Choir in concert, and participated in a number of performances and master classes led by conductors of the Moscow Conservatory, including People’s Artist of the USSR and recipient of the State Prize, Vladimir Minin.  Additionally, Cochrane directed Voces concordiae a 10-voice early-music ensemble in a sacred music concerts.  Cochrane returns to Moscow often to guest conduct the professional chamber choir, Ex oriente Lux in concerts.  With Ex oriente Lux he strives to bring solid early music performance practices and the music of American contemporary composers to the Russian audiences.

St. Joseph Catholic Church

3512 Devine Street

Columbia, SC  29205


Fax: 803.799.7607




St. Joseph Catholic School


Fax: 803.540.1913



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Parish Office Hours:

Weekdays:  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Weekends: Closed

Church Hours:

Open for private prayer

Mondays-Fridays:  8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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