The Royal School of Church Music, Charlotte Training Course

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The Royal School of Church Music in America Charlotte Training Course for Boys, Girls, Teens, and Adults, sponsored by St. John's Episcopal Church, is open to young singers ages 10-18 and to adults, especially directors. Singers of all levels of ability are welcome, but all must match pitch and enjoy singing. Formal choir experience is usually expected. The course offers training for Treble Choristers, a complete program for Teen Altos, Tenors, and Basses, as well as Adults. The 2017 course begins on Monday, July 9 at Queens University of Charlotte and Myers Park Baptist Church, and concludes with Evensong at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, A.D. 2018.

Our director for 2018 will be Robert McCormick, a former chorister of the St. Thomas Church and School in Manhattan, and the current Director of Music and the Arts for Trinity Church, Wall Street in NYC.  Mr. Wachner is internationally known as a conductor, composer, and keyboard artist.  His original compositions have been described as “jazzy, energetic, and ingenious,” (Boston Globe), having “splendor, dignity, outstanding tone combinations, sophisticated chromatic exploration…a rich backdrop, wavering between a glimmer and a tingle...,” (La Scena Musicale) being “a compendium of surprises,” (Washington Post) and as “bold and atmospheric,” while having “an imaginative flair for allusive text setting,” and noted for “the silken complexities of his harmonies” (New York Times). The American Record Guide noted that, “Wachner is both an unapologetic modernist and an open-minded eclectic – his music has something to say.”  

At Trinity Mr. Wachner supervises an annual season of hundreds of events, including Bach-at-One, Concerts-at-One, Trinity’s own contemporary music orchestra, the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street.  We look forward to having him join us as music director for the Charlotte RSCM course.

The course organist will be Andrew Scanlon a native of Methuen, Massachusetts, and a member of the keyboard faculty at East Carolina University since 2009, where he directs the undergraduate and graduate programs in organ and sacred music.  He is the Organist-Choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Greenville, North Carolina, where he maintains a full schedule of choral services and, in addition, he serves as Artistic Director of the East Carolina Musical Arts Education Foundation. From 2005-2009, Andrew served on the organ faculty of Duquesne University and he previously held positions at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral (Buffalo, NY), Christ & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (New York City), and Marquand Chapel at Yale Divinity School.   

A frequent performer at the organ, Andrew Scanlon has performed at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), the Organ Historical Society (four times), as well as throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.  Actively involved in the AGO, Andrew Scanlon holds the Fellowship diploma (FAGO), has been a faculty member for three Pipe Organ Encounters, and serves on both the National Board of Examiners and the National Committee on Professional Certification.  Scanlon is a graduate of Duquesne University and both the Institute of Sacred Music and School of Music at Yale University.

Please click here for information about Professor Scanlon’s latest CD recording.

Please click here to read more and listen to Andrew Scanlon’s “Treasured Tunes” podcast. 











The beautiful campus of Queens University of Charlotte provides excellent facilities including a gymnasium, tennis courts, swimming pool, dormitories, a dining hall, and a student center.

Rehearsal and worship space will be provided by Myers Park Baptist Church, where the course will have daily services of evening worship. Public services will include the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Eucharist at St. John's Episcopal Church and the closing 4:00 p.m. Evensong at Myers Park Baptist church on Sunday, July 15. The Course Managers are especially pleased that Myers Park Baptist Church has invited the RSCM to use its extensive musical facilities and beautiful worship space. For many years the RSCM Carolina Course for boys and adults concluded their courses there.

Treble, teen, and adult participants rehearse daily with Mr. Wachner and with distinguished housemasters who provide individual attention in small groups. Dormitory supervision and recreational activities are provided by experienced, attentive proctors. Rehearsals, worship, learning, recreation, and fun are a part of every day for the choristers.

A Saturday outing to Sports Connection is planned for all youth participants for laser tag, bowling, and arcade games. Pizza and other snacks will be available for sale. Adults may prefer to rest, visit a museum, or shop. 

Adult participants rehearse and sing with the trebles at Evensong daily. In addition, adults will have opportunities to observe rehearsals and participate in daily adult seminars. At least one seminar will include information and materials for implementing the RSCM training scheme, Voice for Life. Others will include opportunities to discuss how to address the challenges that arise in music programs and a time to share repertoire ideas with others.

Positions for two organ scholars are included in the course. Two high school or college students interested in learning to play the organ for liturgical services will be chosen to attend the course and study with the course organist at no charge. Cornel Zimmer Organ Builders is providing scholarship funds for the organ scholar again this year. Contact Alan Reed to apply before April 1.

A certified examiner will be available for those who would like to test for an RSCM award. Please complete the forms for the awards found on the RSCM America web site and register with Linda Buzard by June 1, if you would like to be examined for the RSCM Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards.

The RSCMA Charlotte Course will provide an opportunity for fellowship, worship, learning and fun for boys, girls, teens, and adults. Because the week culminates in the celebration of the Sunday services, all youth participants are asked to commit to the entire week's activities. No registrations for a portion of the week will be accepted, except from adults. Participants are asked to purchase and study the music before the course begins.

The Royal School of Church Music is an international, ecumenical, professional organization which promotes high standards of church music throughout the English-speaking world. It seeks to provide for its 11,000 member choirs, in church, school, and community settings, quality publications and helpful programs to assist in the offering of the worthiest praises to God. The RSCM is not affiliated with any denomination; participants from every creed are welcome to participate in our courses.

Alan Reed and Tracy Reed bring many years of experience working on other RSCM courses. They are offering this course to bring the RSCM experience to even more choristers and choral directors in the Carolinas and across the U.S. Please contact them with any questions.

For information about other courses offered by the RSCM in North America, click here. An information brochure on all of the North American courses is available also, click here.

Watch these informational YouTube videos about all the courses offered by the Royal School of Church Music in America.