The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM): Voice for Life
Our choirs make use of a curriculum called “Voice for Life” published by the RSCM. This curriculum was developed long ago for Anglican cathedral choir schools and parish churches in England, was adopted by Episcopal churches in America and now has evolved after many editions as an ecumenical and internationally used choral training curriculum. Singers advance at their own pace through various levels of music reading and training. Pins, medals and ribbons are awarded for the various levels of achievement. Singers have the opportunity to participate in summer training courses as well which happen all over the country and in England. Our choir members participate as singers and staff members each summer at the King’s College Course in Wilkes-Barre, PA. It is the largest course offered in the country and one of the only courses that includes singers of all ages 10 and above. We spend the week together preparing music in the Anglican tradition, singing daily Evensong and Compline and ending the week with a Festival Eucharist and Evensong. Participation in the course has provided wonderful singing experiences and education for our choir members. Each year we meet over 180 singers from all over the country and have the opportunity to be led by fine choral conductors from here in the US and from the great Cathedrals of England. Our music director, Sue Ellen has been on the staff of the Kings Course in a over the past 18 years in a variety of residential and administrative roles.
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