Training Courses 

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RSCM America sponsors a number of summer training courses throughout the United States. Each course is as unique as its setting. All courses provide the opportunity for choral training and exploring wonderful choral music in liturgical and/or concert settings. Some courses offer master classes in organ performance, choral conducting and composition. Several courses offer adult seminars, activities, and opportunities for networking and fellowship.

The courses take place in cathedrals and other large churches in major cities with choristers residing in hotels, university settings, small private schools or rustic, lakefront facilities. All course locations are chosen for the safety and comfort of the participants. Each course includes additional activities. These activities can include sports, recreation, crafts, field trips and boat races. There are customs unique to each course that generate fun and enthusiasm.

The music directors are renowned in their field and offer excellent leadership for youths and adults to learn new techniques and skills. In addition, significant opportunities for spiritual and theological enrichment are also offered.

Three scholarships are available from RSCM America each year. Click here for scholarship application guidelines and procedures.

Scholarships are also available from individual Training Courses, including the Carolina Course and King's College Course

 

Courses offered

  • Pacific Northwest

  • Charlotte

  • St. Louis

  • King's College

  • Massachusetts Boy Choir

  • Gulf Coast

  • Carolina

  • Washington D.C.

  • Rhode Island


Boys, teen boys, Adults

 Richard Webster

Richard Webster

Massachusetts boy choir course

Formerly located in Canada, MBCC is the oldest RSCM course in North America. For over five decades the course has been providing a safe place for boys and teens to spend a week having fun and making music at the very highest level with some of the world’s best choir trainers. In addition to daily rehearsals, musical training, and services, this unique course is known for its wacky traditions and antics that keep boys returning well into adulthood. Our location at Groton School offers an exceptional performing arts center, sprawling fields, modern residence halls, and one of the most stunning school chapels in the country.  Boys who come from mixed choirs are particularly encouraged to attend.

  • Participants: Boys ages 9-18, Adults of any gender

  • Dates: July 15-21, 2019

  • Music Director: Richard Webster, Trinity Church (Copley Square), Boston, MA

  • Organist: To be announnced

  • Residential Venue: The Groton School, Groton, Mass.

  • Concerts/Services Venue: Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston, MA

  • Course Fees: $675, $700 after April 1st

  • Contact: Colin Lynch and Andrew Sheranian, Course Managers: mbccinusa@gmail.com

  • Course Website: mbccusa.com


GIRLS, TEEN girls, adults

  Walden Moore

Walden Moore

GULF COAST COURSE

The Gulf Coast Course will be directed this year by Walden Moore. Special friendships and bonds have been formed over the years due to the unique experience of an all-girls course and the achievement of excellence from singing sacred music. The course offers an organ scholar position that will provide invaluable experience; in addition to accompanying services, individual lessons will be offered. Services of Evensong will be sung in various congregations in Houston, culminating with a Sunday Eucharist at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Each year our course theme encourages creative outlets like our door decorating contest, games played at our cookout, and the dress code for our theme-day attire.

  • Participants: 45 girls, age 10-18; 1 organ scholar

  • Dates: June 17-23, 2019

  • Music Director: Walden Moore, Trinity Church on the Green, New Haven, CT

  • Organist: Daryl Robinson, University of Houston, Christ Church Cathedral

  • Residential Venue: University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX

  • Concerts/Services Venues: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and Christ Church Cathedral

  • Course Fees: $620. RSCM members receive a $25 discount

  • Contact: Anna Teagarden, Course Manager: annateagarden@msn.com; Chris Betts, Course Manager: cbetts@stpaulshouston.org; Peggy Odam, Registrar: popilgrim@gmail.com

  • Course Website: rscmgulfcoast.org


GIRLS, BOYS, TEENS, ADULTS

  Jared Johnson

Jared Johnson

 

CAROLINA COURSE

The Carolina Course is poised to continue its tradition of excellence under the musical leadership of Dr. Jared Johnson, Canon Organist and Choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, SC. Participants will enjoy an exhilarating week surrounded by glorious music, kindred fellowship, and inspiring architecture on the beautiful campus of Duke University. Adults will enjoy complimentary seminars and organ playing opportunities for career and performance development. Advanced organists currently matriculating in an undergraduate or graduate course of study in organ performance are invited to apply for the organ scholar position by contacting the Course Manager.

  • Participants: 50 girls, age 10-18; 30 adults; 1 organ scholar

  • Dates: July 8-14. 2-19

  • Music Director: Dr. Jared Johnson, Canon Organist and Choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, SC.

  • Organist: Dr. Fred Teardo, Director of Music and Organist at Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, AL

  • Course Chaplain: The Rev. Timothy Seamans, Episcopal High School, Alexandria, Va.

  • Residential Venues: Duke University and Washington Duke Inn

  • Concerts/Services Venues: Duke University Chapel and Duke Divinity School (Goodson Chapel)

  • Course Fees: Registrations received by April 1, 2019: $650 for girls and adults; $450 for commuting adults. After April 1: $675 for girls and adults; $450 for commuting adults. RSCM members receive a $25 discount.

  • Contact: Marilyn Neely, Registrar: 910-690-9236 or registrar@carolinarscm.org; Matthew Michael Brown, Course Manager: manager@carolinarscm.org

  • Course Website: carolinarscm.org


  Bruce Neswick

Bruce Neswick

 

PACIFIC NORTHWEST COURSE

The RSCM Pacific Northwest training course gathers singers of diverse ages and abilities for musical and spiritual enrichment in the majesty of the Pacific Northwest. We provide choristers and adult participants with a variety of opportunities for musical enrichment, both through their work with an esteemed music director and through breakout sessions focusing on a number of diverse musical and vocal concepts. While the focus of the course is musical excellence, we are committed to offering participants plenty of opportunities for recreation and enjoyment of the natural beauty of the area through hikes and other uniquely "Northwestern" activities.

  • Participants: 48 youth (trebles & teens, rising 4th graders-rising college seniors); 20 adult participants; 3 organ scholars (ages 18-25)

  • Dates: June 24-30, 2019

  • Music Director: Bruce Neswick, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, OR

  • Organist: Patrick Scott, Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, GA

  • Residential Venue: Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA

  • Concerts/Services Venues: Friday Evensong TBA, Final Evensong (Saturday) at St. Mark’s, Seattle, WA, Final Eucharist (Sunday) at Christ Church, Tacoma, WA

  • Course Fees: $625 before April 1, $650 after April 1; $450 for commuting adults. RSCM members receive a $25 discount

  • Contact: Arwen Myers, Course Manager: rscmpnw@gmail.com

  • Course Website: rscmpnw.com


  George Richford

George Richford

 

CHARLOTTE COURSE

 

Trebles and teens will rehearse daily with Mr. Richford and with distinguished housemasters who provide individual attention in smaller groups. All youth singers are offered small group voice instruction and theory classes, and a complete program for teen young men singing alto, tenor, and bass is provided. Recreation, fun, and worship are part of each day. Adults may participate in and observe rehearsals, and attend daily seminars, including one about the RSCM’s acclaimed VOICE for LIFE training curriculum. Two organ scholars will work daily with the course organist.

  • Participants: 60 young singers (boys, girls, teens) ages 10-18; 30 adults; 2 organ scholars

  • Dates: July 15-21, 2019

  • Music Director: George Richford, Romsey Abbey, Hampshire, England

  • Organist: Edie Johnson, Church Street United Methodist Church, Knoxville, TN

  • Residential Venue: Queens University of Charlotte, N.C.

  • Concerts/Services Venues: Myers Park Baptist Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church, Charlotte

  • Course Fees: $640 for deposits and forms received before April 1, 2019. $665 after April 1, 2019 RSCM members receive a $25 discount on each registration

  • Contact: Alan Reed, Course Manager: 704-408-7489 or rscmcharlotte@aol.com; Tracy Reed, Course Manager: 704-849-9791

  • Course Website: saintjohns-charlotte.org/rscm


  Michael Messina

Michael Messina

 

ST. LOUIS COURSE

Novice singers to advanced choristers will enjoy the repertoire and inspirational music-making available at the St. Louis Course. In its 21st year, the course offers instructional attention to music theory, ear training, and the development of a beautiful vocal sound. Choristers, teen singers and adults work with outstanding housemasters in small groups to perfect the repertoire. Adult participants will rehearse daily with the choristers and have the opportunity to meet for for several education sessions and discussions.

  • Participants: 25 boys and 25 girls, treble voices grade 4 and up; 25 adults and teens (altos, tenors, and basses)

  • Dates: July 16-22, 2018

  • Music Director: Michael Messina, Trinity Episcopal, Indianapolis, Ind.

  • Organist: Lucas Fletcher, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.

  • Residential Venue: Todd Hall Retreat Center, Columbia, Ill.

  • Concerts/Services Venues: The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Mo. and First Presbyterian Church, Kirkwood, Mo.

  • Course Fees: $600 for registrations received before April 1, 2018. $625 for registrations received after April 1. RSCM members receive a $25 discount

  • Contact: Weezer Weir, Course Manager: rscmst.louis@gmail.com

  • Course Website: rscmstl.org


  Robert McCormick

Robert McCormick

 

KING'S COLLEGE COURSE

In this, the largest of the summer courses, girls, boys, and adults sing both their own repertoire and as a combined chorus. There are unique opportunities for young adults and adults to include a separate Compline Choir. King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. offers a splendid location in the heart of the Pocono Mountains. The reverberant and versatile worship space of St. Stephen’s Church provides an ideal setting for inspiring music-making and liturgy.

  • Participants: 180 (Rising 4th Grade Girls & Boys - Adult Female and Male), 2 Organ Scholars

  • Dates: July 22-28, 2019

  • Music Director: Robert McCormick, Saint Mark’s Church, Philadelphia, PA

  • Organist: Mark Laubach, Tom Sheehan

  • Residential Venue: King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA

  • Concerts/Services Venue: St. Stephen’s Pro-Episcopal Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre, PA

  • Course Fees: Registrations before April 1 $620; After April $660; $250 for commuters

  • Contact: Addie Peyronnin, Course Manager: addie.peyronnin@gmail.com; Dawn Hunsdorfer, Registrar: registrar@kingscollegecourse.com

  • Course Website: kingscollegecourse.com


  Michael Kleinschmidt

Michael Kleinschmidt

 

WASHINGTON D.C. COURSE for ADVANCED CHORISTERS

The ultimate opportunity for advanced singers of all vocal ranges: treble choristers and teenage altos, tenors, and basses. The Washington Course also offers an adult track for directors and singers of advanced ability, along with a junior day course for choristers in grades 1-4. This challenging course takes place on the Close of the Washington National Cathedral and at the campus of Episcopal High School and other important venues in the D.C. metropolitan area. Young people love returning to the course year after year for the opportunity to make music at a very high level in this important place, to renew friendships, and to experience our nation’s capital. Episcopal High School and the National Cathedral are only two of several Washington-area venues for services and exploration throughout the week. Choristers will find themselves immersed in all things beautiful, from fine music and singing to historic venues and life-long friendships.

  • Participants: 50 choristers (boys and girls age 9-18; treble, alto, tenor, bass) and 12 advanced adults and directors (alto, tenor, bass)

  • Dates: July 22-28, 2019

  • Music Director: Canon Musician Michael Kleinschmidt, St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, Washington

  • Organist: Aaron Goen

  • Residential Venue: Washington National Cathedral, Episcopal High School, others to be announced

  • Concerts/Services Venues: Washington National Cathedral and others to be announced

  • Course Fees: $675 for Advanced Choristers and Residential Adults before March 1, 2019; $725 after March 1, 2019; $425 for adult commuters before March 1, 2019, $475 after March 1, 2019. $295 for Junior Chorister Day Course (additional children receive a $25 discount). RSCM members receive a $25 discount.

  • Contact: Lisa Koehler, Course Registrar: singersource@gmail.com

  • Course Website: rscmwashingtondc.org


  Scott Hanoian

Scott Hanoian

 

RHODE ISLAND COURSE at NEWPORT 

The Rhode Island Course at Newport is a week-long retreat for children and adults to expand their love of sacred music while enjoying southern New England's coastal scenery and historic architecture. Services will be sung in the beautiful Gothic revival chapel at St. George's School and historic Grace Church in Providence. The course offers additional workshops in conducting, composition, handbells, and vocal technique. Morning Prayer and Compline bookend each day's activities. This promises to be a memorable week of making beautiful music and forging new friendships.

  • Participants: 80 Boys and girls age 9-18; 40 adults

  • Dates: July 29-August 4, 2019

  • Music Director: Scott Hanoian (Christ Church, Grosse Point, MI)

  • Organist: Janet Yieh (Trinity Church, Wall Street, NYC)

  • Residential Venue: Salve Regina University, Newport, RI

  • Concerts/Services Venues: St. George's School, Middltown RI; Grace Church, Providence, RI; Trinity Church, Newport RI

  • Course Fees: $675 before April 1, 2019; $700 after April 1, 2019.

  • Contact: Brent Erstad and Jason Abel (course managers): rscmnewport@gmail.com

  • Course Website: rscmnewport.org