by Phillip Brunswick, Organist & Choir Master

RSCM 7-29-12_optRSCM America sponsors eight 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. The St. Louis Course was begun in 1998 by our Organist & Choir Master, Phillip Brunswick.

This year’s course will mark 17 years of joining together of voices from diverse programs, the sharing of ideas from various professionals, and the intense growing—socially, musically, and spiritually. Over 70 choristers and musicians from Colorado, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Iowa, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri (including 5 from Grace Church) will be in residence for the week of July 21-27 at Todd Hall Retreat Center in Columbia, IL and will sing services on July 26 at First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood and July 27 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Those attending from Grace Church are: Jacki Goodson, Heather Monnig, Susan Monnig and Meara Malottke. Weezer Weir is the Course Registrar and Head Proctor. Michael Kurth is the Chaplain.

We are delighted to welcome back Garmon Ashby as this year’s Guest Music Director. He is currently on staff at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Nassau Bay and Episcopal High School-Houston.

The RSCM supports a world-wide network of 8,500 churches, schools and individuals. We are committed to achieving the best use of good music in worship – whatever the resources, whatever the style. We aim to support church music today and to invest in church music for the future.

Saturday, July 26 – 5:00 p.m. Choral Evensong
First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood

Sunday, July 27 – 10:00 a.m. Solemn Mass
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis


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