Elon music faculty members Charles Hogan and Hallie Coppedge Hogan participated in the 10th annual Royal School of Church Music Collegium held July 10 – 17 in Raleigh, N.C. Dr. Charles Hogan was the course manager, serving as the head registrar, bursar and on-site logistics manager for the event, as well as helping in small group coaching of youth and adult voices. Dr. Hallie C. Hogan served as one of two principal adult individual voice coaches, along with Hilary Llystyn Jones of Winchester, United Kingdom.
Over 60 young women and girls and 40 adults from the province of Quebec to the state of Florida spent the week in the study of musical theory, voice technique and choral singing under the artistic direction of Christopher Brayne.
The Royal School of Church Music is an ecumenical professional organization that promotes high standards of church music throughout the English-speaking world. It seeks to provide for it 10,000 member choirs, in church, school and community settings, quality publications and helpful programs to assist in liturgical and civic programming.
As part of its work in North America, the RSCM sponsors 11 summer training courses for chorus members young to old and for choirmasters in Mobile, Ala., Washington, D.C., Denver, Colo., St. Louise, Mo., Tulsa, Okla., Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Montreal, Quebec, and Raleigh, N.C.
The Raleigh course was resident at Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh and conducted public recitals and worship services at Christ Church on Capitol Square in downtown Raleigh on Friday evening July 15 and Sunday morning July 17, and concluded the program with a public and internationally web-cast concert in Duke Chapel on the campus of Duke University on Sunday afternoon July 17.