St. Paul’s UMC Hosts Royal School of Church Music
Girls from all over the country plus New Zealand will come together this summer at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and Rice University for the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Gulf Coast Course for Girls and Adults.
These serious young female vocalists will lead four worship services and present one concert during this weeklong experience. The schedule, all open to the public, follows:
- July 1, Wednesday. 6:30 p.m. Choral Evensong. Rice Bates Organ Hall, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University.
- July 2, Thursday. 6:30 p.m. Choral Evensong. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 4900 Jackwood
- July 3, Friday. 1 p.m. Concert. Crain Garden, Methodist Hospital, 6550 Fannin
- July 3, Friday. 9:15 p.m. Compline. St. Paul’s UMC, 5501 Main
- July 5, Sunday. 11:05 a.m. Choral Eucharist. St. Paul’s UMC, 5501 Main
The Choral Eucharist will be accompanied by a brass quintet, and the repertoire will include Messe Solennelle, Op. 16 by Louis Vierne and Parry’s “I Was Glad.”
“The principles of RSCM invites choristers to approach sophisticated music written for their voices throughout the centuries as well as today, encouraging them to sing with beauty and understanding,” said Anna Tegarden, director of the course and Director of St. Paul’s Children’s Music.
Dr. Frederick Teardo, Director of Music and Organist at Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, will direct the course.
Organists are Ken Cowan, Associate Professor of Organ, Rice University, and Dr. Paolo Bordignon, Director of Music and Organist at St. Paul’s. Organ Scholar is Joseph Russell, a Curtis Institute of Music organ student.
RSCM - America is the United States branch of the Royal School of Church Music founded in England in 1927 by Sir Sydney Nicholson, organist of Westminster Abbey.
The goal of the organization is to uplift the spiritual life of its member communities through high quality choral music by providing musical education to singers through a structured choral music program and summer music courses. This is the tenth year that the Gulf Coast course has been based in Houston.
At 5501 Main Street, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church is a cathedral for Houston that embodies its diversity, inspires faith, and leads change for the common good of all peoples and communities. The modified English Gothic sanctuary is on the corner of Main and Binz/Bissonnet, across from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and within one block of both Museum District MetroRail stops. Free parking is available in two lots across Fannin Street from the church. Website: www.stpaulshouston.org