• St. Paul's United Methodist Church (map)
  • 5501 Main St
  • Houston, TX, 77004
  • United States

St. Paul’s is honored to host the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Gulf Coast Training Course for the third consecutive summer. Evensong and Compline will be sung at St. Paul’s throughout the week of June 29-July 5, culminating with a glorious sung Eucharist service accompanied by organ and brass at the 11:05 a.m. July 5 service.

The worship services and concert open to the public will be at these times and places:

  • 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 77096
  • July 3, Friday. 1 p.m. Concert. Crain Garden, Methodist Hospital, 6550 Fannin
  • July 3, Friday. 9:15 p.m. Compline. St. Paul’s 
  • July 5, Sunday. 11:05 a.m. Choral Eucharist, accompanied by a brass quintet. St. Paul’s. Repertoire will include Louis Vierne's Messe Solennelle, Op. 16 and I Was Glad by C.H.H. Parry. 

Anna Teagarden, St. Paul's Director of Children's Music, is Course Manager. Course clinician is Dr. Frederick Teardo, Director of Music and Orgtanist at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama. Additional clinicians are Ken Cowan, Associate Professor of Organ at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music; and Dr. Paolo Bordignon, St. Paul's Director of Music and Organist. Rev. Emily Chapman is the Chaplain.

The RSCM is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting the study, practice, and improvement of music and liturgy in Christian worship. It trains choristers and encourages excellence in all areas of worship, with a particular emphasis on music. The RSCM aims to instill a deeply rooted commitment to sacred music through its courses held all over the world.

From across America, girls ages 10 through 18 attend the Gulf Coast Course to be immersed in a week of sacred music under the direction of world class musicians and directors. They are housed at Rice University and rehearse and sing at St. Paul’s.

To make this the best course ever in the 10 years it has been in Houston, many volunteers are needed. The St. Paul’s community has been amazing with its support in the past, and we thank you in advance for your assistance this year. To  provide support in any way, please contact Anna Teagarden via annateagarden@msn.com  or 713-528-0527.