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All are welcome to join the RSCM Carolina Course in worship and song as we all seek to perfect the praises offered by God’s people on earth. Also below are the locations of churches where we will worship and local points of interest.

Schedule is below.

The RSCMA Carolina Course is pleased to welcome Mr. Scott Dettra as Music Director for the 2017 summer training course! Scott Dettra has been acclaimed as one of the leading American concert organists of his generation. He combines an active performance schedule with his post as Director of Music and Organist at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, where he leads a vibrant music program in the country’s fifth largest Episcopal parish. The RSCMA Carolina Course is pleased to welcome Christopher Jacobson as organist for the 2017 summer training course! Christopher Jacobson, FRCO, is Organist of Duke Chapel at Duke University. He was previously the Associate Organist and Choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina where he assisted in directing and training the cathedral choirs and played for weekly Eucharist and Evensong liturgies. Mr. Jacobson also served on the faculty as instructor of organ at the University of South Carolina’s School of Music.

Thanks to all the staff and participants of the 2016 RSCM Carolina Course!   It is truly inspiring to spend a summer week in Raleigh, NC with all of you. A special thanks to the parents, churches, and musicians that teach and support these fine young women.

All are welcome to join the RSCM Carolina Course in worship and song as we all seek to perfect the praises offered by God’s people on earth. Also below are the locations of churches where we will worship and local points of interest.

Schedule is below.

The RSCM Carolina Course is pleased to welcome Mr. Richard Gray as this year’s Assistant Course Organist and Conducting Scholar. Richard Gray Richard Gray, a native of Beaufort, SC, is a candidate for the Master of Music in Organ Performance at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, TX, where he studies with Professor Stefan Engels. A graduate of Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, MD, Mr. Gray holds a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied with James David Christie and Marie-Louise Langlais.

Established in 2015, The Kerstetter Scholarship honors the extraordinary leadership and devotion of Kevin Kerstetter to the RSCMA Carolina Summer Training Course. This annual scholarship, given through the generosity of an anonymous donor, provides course tuition for a deserving chorister with a demonstrated need each year. 

The RSCMA Carolina Course is pleased to welcome Colin Lynch as organist for the 2016 summer training course! First Prize Winner of the Fort Wayne Organ Competition, Colin Lynch has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, and Cuba at the invitation of the Cuban government. A devoted church musician, Mr. Lynch has previously held positions at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, Christ & Holy Trinity Church in Westport, CT, Marquand Chapel of the Yale Divinity School, the Episcopal Church at Yale, and as Organ Scholar at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago. Thanks to all the staff and participants of the 2015 RSCM Carolina Course! It is truly inspiring to spend a summer week in Raleigh, NC with all of you. A special thanks to the parents, churches, and musicians that teach and support these fine young women. The 20th RSCM Carolina Course has been the best yet! We will post the official course pictures on this website and on Facebook when we receive them. The RSCMA Carolina Course is pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Velting as Music Director for the 2016 summer training course! Michael Velting is Canon for Music at Christ Church Cathedral, where he has been Organist and Choirmaster since 1994. Canon Velting serves as Principal Organist, Director of Cathedral Choirs and Administrator of the Music Program at the Cathedral. Prior to assuming this position he was Assistant Organist and Choirmaster of Washington National Cathedral and Adjunct Professor of Organ at The American University in Washington, D.C. All are welcome to join the RSCM Carolina Course in worship and song as we all seek to perfect the praises offered by God’s people on earth. Also below are local points of interest and the locations of churches where we will worship. Services, Locations, and Times Sunday, July 19, 10:00 AM Choral Eucharist Chapel of the Cross 304 East Franklin Street Chapel Hill, NC Sunday, July 19, 4:00 PM Festival Evensong St Michael’s Episcopal Church 1520 Canterbury Road Raleigh, NC Tuesday, July 14, 5:00 PM Evensong Saint Mary’s Chapel 900 Hillsborough Street Raleigh, NC Wednesday, July 15, 5:00 PM Evensong Saint Mary’s Chapel Thursday, July 16, 4:45 PM Evensong Saint Mary’s Chapel Friday, July 17, 5:10 PM Evensong Saint Mary’s Chapel Google Map Families, visitors, adult participants, and course staff may be interested in these restaurants and stores near by Saint Mary’s School. Zachary Fritsch-Hemenway Zach Fritsch-Hemenway is currently the Director of Music at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia PA, where he serves as Organist and leads an active and highly regarded choral program. Zach is also the founder of the Chestnut Hill Choir School, a developmental choral program for children at Saint Paul’s that not only teaches vocal technique and music theory, but also helps to underwrite private instrumental study. As an active recitalist, he has performed throughout the United States and in Europe. Congratulations to Richard Gray for being selected as the 2015 Organ Scholar. A native of Beaufort, SC, Richard is currently completing undergraduate studies as a student of Professor James David Christie at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. In the fall of 2012, he studied organ with Oberlin’s Distinguished Visiting Professor of Organ, Marie-Louise Langlais. Further studies have been at the McGill Summer Organ Academy with John Grew. An active recitalist, Richard has performed at notable venues including National City Christian Church in Washington, DC, Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, MD, and The Cathedral Church of St Luke and St Paul in Charleston, SC, where he was a featured artist in the L’Organo Series of the 2014 Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Simon Lole Simon Lole has spent a lifetime in music, starting as a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. He received his musical training at the Guildhall School of Music and King’s College, London University. He spent many years as a professional church musician, culminating in positions as Director of Music at Sheffield and Salisbury Cathedrals and teaching at Jesus College, Cambridge. Since 2005, he has worked as a freelance musician…musical director, composer, arranger, conductor and organist, as well as record producer and workshop leader. The 2015 RSCM Carolina Course is now open for applications for girls and adults! This year’s course will be held July 13 – 19 at Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, NC. This year marks the 20th annual RSCM Carolina Course! Our music director will be Simon Lole who originally directed this course 20 years ago. Course organist will be Zachary Hemenway. You can find all of your forms and pricing information on our Registration Information page. Dear Colleagues, The Royal School of Church Music in America’s Carolina Summer Training Course will celebrate its 20th anniversary in Raleigh, North Carolina July 13-19, 2015. Held annually on the beautiful campus of Raleigh’s St. Mary’s School, this course is known for a high standard of musical excellence, organization, and gracious hospitality. We are pleased to welcome Mr. Simon Lole (http://www.simonlole.com) from the United Kingdom as this year’s music director. The course is currently seeking applications for one organ scholar between age 18 and 25. Thanks to all the staff and participants of the 2014 RSCM Carolina Course! A special thanks to the parents, churches, and musicians that teach and support these fine young women in their lives and music making. Below you’ll find the 2014 official course pictures. Also, please fill out the course evaluation. You’ll find the password on page 12 of your folder. (Or please email us.) CDs of the Eucharist and Evensong on Sunday, July 13th can be ordered by mailing in the following document with payment: 2014 CD Order Form (PDF) We look forward to seeing everyone July 13th – 19th, 2015! The RSCM Carolina Course invites you to worship with us! The closing Festival Eucharist for the 2014 RSCM Carolina Course will be at 10:00 AM, Sunday, July 13th, at Christ Church in Raleigh, NC. The closing Festival Evensong will be at 4:00 PM, Sunday, July 13th, at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Raleigh, NC. Our daily Evensong service held at St. Mary’s Chapel is also open to the public. Tuesday at 5:00 PM, Wednesday at 5:00 PM, Thursday at 4:45 PM, and Friday at 5:15 PM. Thanks go to the Central North Carolina Chapter of the American Guild of Organists for making our Organ Scholar position possible for the 2014 RSCM Carolina Course! Membership in the American Guild of Organists is open to all persons interested in the organ and choral music fields. Join and support your local chapter! Its time to order your music for the 2014 RSCM Carolina Course! You may order a music packet from Lois Fyfe Music by emailing [email protected] or calling (615) 386-3542. Please specify that you need the music for the RSCM Carolina Course (which is the one in Raleigh, not the one in Charlotte). Each packet will cost $22.30 plus shipping. Malcolm Archer is Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College, where he trains and conducts the Quiristers and Chapel Choir and teaches organ in the College. He has enjoyed a distinguished career in cathedral music, which has taken him to posts at Norwich, Bristol, Wells Cathedrals and then Director of Music at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. During his time there he directed the choir for several State services, including the Tsunami Memorial Service, the London Bombings Service and the 80th Birthday Service for HM The Queen, for which he was invited by Buckingham Palace to compose a special anthem, performed live on BBC1. We can’t wait for this summer and, obviously, you can’t either! We are now at capacity for girl participants. However, space remains available for adults. Send your registration in today! The registration materials for the 2014 RSCM Carolina course are now available on the registration page. Get your registration in today to reserve your spot! We are limited to the first 35 girls, so the first ones to get their deposit money will be in the course! The girls, proctors and some staff will be housed at Saint Mary’s School. The remaining adults will be housed at the Doubletree Inn on Hillsborough Street right down the road from the school. Happy New Year to one and all! Very soon we should have the registration materials on the website for the 2014 course. Please check back here for the latest information. We are limited to the first 35 girls, so the first ones to get their deposit money will be in the course! The girls, proctors and some staff will be housed at Saint Mary’s School. The remaining adults will be housed at the Doubletree Inn on Hillsborough Street right down the road from the school. The girls and adults of the Carolina Course, in residence on the historic campus of Saint Mary’s School, will be immersed in magnificent choral music and great fun as they prepare for closing services in beautiful sacred spaces. Under the inspired direction of conductor, composer, and organist Malcolm Archer, currently Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College, England, the Carolina Course choir will experience the thrill of choral music making at its best. We are now taking orders for the 2013 CD recording! The recording includes Eucharist at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church and Evensong at Duke Chapel on July 14th. Please download the PDF Order Form and send that in with your check before September 15, 2013. 2013 CD Order Form We’ve been getting lots of questions about the CD recordings for the 2013 closing services. We are excited about getting the first edits of the recording too! Once we have the CD ordering information we will send out an email to all participants and staff. You will be the first to know! Thanks to all participants, parents, staff members, musicians, and all who supported and made the 2013 RSCM Carolina Course a truly wonderful success! Our documentary film project is off to a fantastic start and the whole community of Raleigh is a buzz with the music offered at the closing services Sunday. Please take a moment to fill out the course evaluation. You can find the password in your 2013 course binder on page 13. Stephen Gourley, a native of Goldsboro, North Carolina, holds degrees from the University of North Texas and the North Carolina School of the Arts. His teachers have included Jesse Eschbach, Jack Mitchener, Erica Johnson, Christoph Hammer, Antoinette Anglin and Dianne Finan. While at North Texas, Stephen held a teaching assistantship in the choral department and served as accompanist for Chamber Choir and Concert Choir. In 2010 Stephen was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society. Eucharist The Office of the Holy Communion (Collegium Regale), Herbert Howells The Lord is my Shepherd, Lennox Berkeley Ave verum corpus, William Byrd (ATB only) Evensong Ex ore innocentium, John Ireland (Trebles only) Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C, Sir Charles Villiers Stanford Preces and Responses, William Smith Te Deum (Collegium Regale), Herbert Howells Our official music distributor is AngelMusicUSA and the 2013 course packet may be ordered via Amazon. The Amazon button to the right will take you to Amazon’s web site. We are excited to announce that the 2013 Carolina Course is now filled to capacity!! We do have a few spaces left for adult day participants. If you are still looking for a course to attend this year please visit http://rscmamerica.org/training-courses.php Music for this year’s course will be posted shortly. We are looking forward to seeing you this summer! Renowned for his fine musicianship, David Hill is widely respected as both a choral and orchestral conductor. His talent has been recognised by his appointments as Chief Conductor of The BBC Singers, Musical Director of The Bach Choir, Music Director of Southern Sinfonia, Music Director of Leeds Philharmonic Society and Associate Guest conductor of The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate by the University of Southampton in 2002 in recognition of his Services to Music. David Arcus is Chapel Organist and Associate University Organist at Duke University, where he participates in nearly 200 services and events annually. He holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the School of Music at Yale University, where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He has received awards in composition and improvisation competitions, and he is in demand as a solo recitalist, having performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Great Britain. RSCM Carolina Course for Girls, Teen Girls & Adults July 8-14, 2013 David Hill, Music Director David Arcus, Organist Closing services in Duke University Chapel & St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Raleigh. In residence on the historic campus of Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, NC, the Carolina Course features outstanding choral repertoire, a marvelous music staff, and thrilling closing service venues, offering an unforgettable week of singing, worship, education, and fun. David Hill, Director of the London Bach Choir and the BBC Singers, will offer his superb music leadership. To all participants, parents, staff members, and musicians that made the 2012 RSCM Carolina Course possible goes a big “Thank you!” for an incredible course and a beginning of our film documentary project. Check out this YouTube clip of our very last rehearsal right before the closing Evensong made by our music director, David Briggs. Video on Facebook Course participants, parents, gardians, and visitors to the 2012 RSCM Carolina Course are welcome to fill out our Course Evaluation Form to offer anonymous feedback. Please join us for one or more of our public services through out the week of the 2012 RSCM Carolina Course, July 9th – 15th. Tuesday, 5:00 PM: Evensong at St. Mary’s Chapel Wednesday, 5:00 PM: Evensong at St. Mary’s Chapel Thursday, 4:45 PM: Evensong dedicated to Tucky Thompson at St. Mary’s Chapel Friday, 5:15 PM: Evensong at St. Mary’s Chapel Sunday, 10:00 AM: Festival Eucharist at Christ Episcopal Church Sunday 4:00 PM: Festival Evensong at St. Check out our new page and listen to a few selections from years past. Were you a part of the course in 2007 when Katherine Dienes-Williams came from Guilford Cathedral to join us at St Mary’s? Have you heard about the beautiful music the girls and adults created with Richard Webster in 2011? Visit Listen to the Course Sing under the About menu to play several selections and check back to hear more as the list grows! In our increasingly secular society, few people have the joy of singing sacred music and rarely is it clear what it takes to prepare music as a group and at the level demanded by the Royal School of Church Music. Each year, the RSCM provides training courses for children, teens and adults throughout the U.S. and abroad. In 2012 and 2013, the Carolina Course for Girls and Adults of the RSCM hopes to create a documentary movie by filming on site at Saint Mary’s School (Raleigh) and at various church venues. David Briggs is an internationally renowned organist whose performances are acclaimed for their musicality, virtuosity, and ability to excite and engage audiences of all ages. With an extensive repertoire spanning five centuries, he is increasingly known for his brilliant organ transcriptions of symphonic music by composers such as Mahler, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Bruckner, Ravel, and Bach. Fascinated by the art of Improvisation since a child, David also frequently performs improvisations to silent films such as Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Nosferatu, Jeanne d’Arc, Metropolis, as well as a variety of Charlie Chaplin films. Robert P. Ridgell, one of America’s highly acclaimed church musicians is the Director of Music of the historic Cathedral of Saint Paul in the Twin Cities. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Ridgell was Organist and Director of Music Education of Trinity Wall Street, New York. He has held positions in cathedrals and churches throughout the United States including the Cathedral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake City and the Cathedral Church of the Savior, Philadelphia. Mary (Tucky) Thompson of Southern Pines, N.C. died on January 26, 2012 following a courageous battle with cancer. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A. in music and from Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. with an M.A. in early childhood education. She served as headmistress of the Emmanuel Episcopal Day School in Southern Pines for six years and most recently managed the law office for Robert Thompson, P.A. Tucky will be greatly missed by the RSCM Carolina Course for Girls & Adults. During the 2011 Carolina Course we were fortunate to have a professional photographer visit us for a day. Katie Dickson took photos of rehearsals throughout the day and most of our course participants will find themselves in a photo or two. Katie has made these photos available for perusal and purchase at the following website. http://katiedickson.smugmug.com/Portraits/RSCM/20087834_zWmwWj The 2012 RSCM Carolina Course dates have been set. Mark your calendars for July 9 through 15, 2012! Once again, the course will be in Raleigh, NC on the beautiful campus of Saint Mary’s School. This year our music director will be David Briggs. David is the Artist-in-Residence at Ascension Memorial Episcopal Church, Ipswich, MA as well as Organist Emeritus, Gloucester Cathedral, UK. Our organist for 2012 will be Robert Ridgell. If you ordered a recording of the 2011 RSCM Carolina Course closing services you should receive those very soon. They went in the mail this week. If you would still like to purchase a recording they are still available. Please see this post for details. Lots of folks ask “What goes on at an RSCM course?” Well, lots of music and rehearsal time of course. But that’s not all we do. Our participants form a community together, grow with one another, and have lots of fun. This video shows a lot of the non-rehearsal happenings from the 2011 RSCM Carolina Course for Girls and Adults. This video was lovingly produced by 2011 participant Makenzie Owens. Psallam spiritu et mente! Click on the slide show to go to Google Picasa to see the full sized images. You can send additional pictures to [email protected] If anyone is in need of a hotel, there are several around Saint Mary’s School with reasonable rates: The Brownstone (Holiday Inn): http://www.brownstonehotel.com/ Days Inn – Raleigh Downtown: http://raleighdaysinn.com The 2011 RSCM Course for Girls and Adults will have three services open to the public. You are invited to witness our ministry to the world and worship with us. Directions to the venus can be found on our Venus and Maps post. Choral Evensong at St Mary’s School 7:00 pm Friday, July 15 900 Hillsborough St., Raleigh Festival Eucharist at Christ Episcopal Church 10:00 am Sunday July 17 120 E. The daily schedule of events is now available for the 2011 RSCM Carolina Course. Its provided as a PDF. Daily Schedule (PDF) Not familar with Raleigh? Below is a Google Map of the locations of Saint Mary’s School and the two churches where the 2011 closing services will be held. Click the link for a larger, more detailed version of the map. View 2011 RSCM Carolina Course Venues in a larger map Adult participants, parents, and guests may also be interested in local shopping, museums, and socializing. Find those details on this Congratulations are in order for Christopher Pharo for being chosen as the Organ Scholar for our 2011 course. Christopher is a student of Andrew Scanlon at East Carolina University. We have partnered with a local distributor to assist with ordering the course music. To order music for the 2011 Carolina Course check out the Repertoire Page. The music for the 2011 RSCM Carolina Course has been posted. Check out the Repertoire page for the full list. Our music this year includes George Dyson’s Magnificat & Nunc dimittis in D Major! Matthew Brown is the Director of Music at First United Methodist Church, Salisbury, NC. Previously, Mr. Brown served on the music staff of Grace Church in New York City, and was responsible for service playing and assisting in the conducting of the Choir of Men and Boys, the Girls’ Choir, and the parish’s professional Adult Choir. He maintained an active accompanying career in New York City. Mr. Brown earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and Literature and the Sacred Music Diploma from the Eastman School of Music. Registration for the 2011 RSCM Carolina Course for Girls and Adults is now open. Please see the Registration Page for information about fees and your forms. Please join us at Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, NC July 11th through 17th! Space is available for 40 girl choristers aged 10 - 18, 25 adults, and 1 Organ Scholar. Our Organ Scholar is sponsored by John-Paul Buzard Pipe Organ Builders and the North Carolina Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Richard Webster is a choral conductor, composer, church musician and organist of wide renown. He is in demand for newly commissioned anthems, organ and instrumental works, liturgical music and hymn tunes, and travels extensively to direct hymn festivals, choral workshops and perform organ recitals. His hymn arrangements for brass, percussion, organ and congregation are performed in churches and concert halls throughout the English-speaking world. The Canadian Broadcasting Company perennially features these hymns on their Easter and Christmas broadcasts. Fan of the RSCM Carolina Course? Alumni of the course? Planning on attending? Join us on Facebook! The 2011 Carolina RSCM Course for Girls and Adults will be held once again at St. Mary’s School in Raleigh, NC. Mark your calendar for July 11th – 17th, 2011! This year our music director will be Richard Webster from Trinity Church, Boston. Matthew Brown from First United Methodist Church, Salisbury, NC will return as our organist. On July 17th we will sing Eucharist at historic Christ Church in down town Raleigh. Greetings from your webmaster and welcome to the very new web site for the RSCM Carolina Course for Girls and Adults. You’ll find information about next years course (when announced) at the top of the page under “Course Information” as well as on the right. Details about this course, and the RSCM, can be found in the About page. The image used as the header is the 2006 course picture in front of Duke Chapel.