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2015 RSCM Gulf Coast Training Course Choristers rehearse Rice University's Bates Recital Hall, augmented with Altos, Tenors, and Basses.

2015 RSCM Gulf Coast Training Course Choristers rehearse Rice University's Bates Recital Hall, augmented with Altos, Tenors, and Basses.

Girls from all over the country will come together this summer at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (UMC) for the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Gulf Coast Course for Girls. These serious young musicians, ages 10 through 18, will be immersed in a week of sacred music under the direction of world class musicians and directors.

The training course choir will present one concert and lead four worship services at three different churches. The public is welcome to attend any of these opportunities to hear choral music. The schedule follows:

The course clinicians are Dr. Paolo Bordignon, Director of Music and Organist for St. Paul’s; Dr. Giles Brightwall, Organist and Choirmaster for St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Houston; and Dr. Joseph Causby, Director of Music and Organist for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, San Antonio.

“The principles of RSCM invite 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.

Repertoire will include

Choral Evensong at Christ the King Lutheran (with ATBs)

Introit: Couperin Christo Resurgenti
Responses: Plainsong
Psalm: C. Gibbons, Psalm 15, John Scott Psalter
Canticles:  Tomkins, 5th Service
Anthem:  Purcell O God, Thou Art My God

Concert – Friday at Crain Garden, Methodist Hospital

“Old favorites,” including “Over the Rainbow,” “Ain’t She Sweet,” and “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie.

Choral Evensong – Friday at Christ Church Cathedral (Trebles Only)

Introit:  Sacred Harp
Responses: Archer, Responses
Psalm: Ben Hutto, Chant #100 vrs. 1 – 8, Psalm 46
Canticles:  Farrington, Blues Service
Anthem:  Howard Goodall, The Lord is My Shepherd
Hymn: Kaiser, Now Evening Comes to Close the Day

Choral Eucharist ¬– Sunday at St. Paul’s UMC

Introit: Sacred Harp
Setting: Faure, Messe Basse
Psalm: Ben Hutto, Chant #100, Psalm 46
Offertory: Couperin, Christo Resurgenti
Communion: Goodall, The Lord is My Shepherd; Dankworth, Light of the World

RSCM - America is the United States branch of the Royal School of Church Music founded in England in 1927 by Sir Sydney Nicholson, Westminster Abbey organist. 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 and the fourth hosted by St. Paul’s.