The Royal School of Church Music, Charlotte Training Course
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 2018 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, described by Choir and Organ as “indomitable and immensely gifted” and as “an artist of rare sensitivity and passion” by the Macon (GA) Telegraph, has served as Organist and Choirmaster of Saint Mark's Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since 2016. From 2008 to 2016, he served as Director of Music at St. Paul’s Parish, K Street, Washington, D.C. At St. Paul’s he conducted the various choirs of adults, boys, and girls in approximately 175 choral services yearly (including weekly Evensong, year-round). From 2001 to 2008 he served as Organist and Music Director at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, New York City.
Mr. McCormick holds the Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance, summa cum laude, from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, N.J. Concurrently, he was Assistant Organist at Trinity Church, Princeton. His teachers have included McNeil Robinson and Robert Carwithen. He has been a featured artist and clinician at numerous conventions and conferences of the AGO, the Association of Anglican Musicians, and the Royal School of Church Music in America, playing recitals and services, and leading workshops in choir training, service playing, and organ improvisation. As a composer, his choral works are published by Encore (UK) and Selah, and have been performed on both sides of the Atlantic. We look forward to having him join us as music director for the Charlotte RSCM course.
The course organist will be Graham Schultz, Associate Director of Music at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, Texas. There, he assists in all facets of a vibrant music program in one of the nation’s largest Episcopal Churches. Previously, he served as the Lloyd Cast Organ Fellow at the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany, NY where he was principal organist and assisted in overseeing the acclaimed Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys.
As an accompanist, Mr. Schultz has played for numerous choral residencies in Britain including at the Cathedrals of Durham, Gloucester, Hereford, Rochester, and St. Patrick’s, Dublin. Most recently he accompanied the Incarnation Choir on their tour to Washington National Cathedral, St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. He has been heard on BBC Radio 3’s Choral Evensong, American Public Media’s Pipedreams, and national broadcasts of With Heart and Voice. His discography includes To Thee All Angels Cry Aloud, a recording of the Sacred Choral Works of Benjamin Britten with the Cathedral of All Saints, Albany and Choral Evensong for Eastertide from the Church of the Incarnation which is to be released on the Gothic label later this year.
Schultz is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and Cleveland Institute of Music. Currently, he is pursuing the intensive Performer’s Certificate at Southern Methodist University with Professor Stefan Engels. He has previously studied organ with Todd Wilson, Thomas Bara, and Charlie Rigsby as well as harpsichord with James Richman and improvisation with George Baker. In 2015, Mr. Schultz was awarded the Associateship Certificate by the American Guild of Organists. He currently serves as the Director of Robert T. Anderson Recital Series for the Dallas Chapter of the American Guild of Organists as well as a Regional Councilor for the Association of Anglican Musicians.
For the Charlotte Course he will serve as primary organist, accompanying services and rehearsals and teaching our two organ scholars.
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. McCormick 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 accompanying and service playing 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.
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