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St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral and King’s College in Wilkes-Barre have proudly hosted the King’s College Summer Choir Training Course, sponsored by The Royal School of Church Music in America (RSCMA). During the last week of July, a choir of over 150 singers of all ages from throughout the United States will sing sacred music of unparalleled spirituality and beauty in the great Anglican choral tradition.

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: King’s College Course America regularly attracts more than one hundred and fifty singers, ages ten and up, from across the United States and internationally.
  • Dates: for 2018 July 22 – July 29
  • Guest Director for 2018: John Robinson ohn Robinson is the Director of Music at St. Paul’s Choir School, in Harvard Square, MA. There, he trains and directs the boy Choristers of St. Paul’s Choir School in church services, concerts, and recordings. The boys of the Choir have recently collaborated with well-known ensembles, including the Boston Lyric OperaBoston Symphony Orchestra, Boston POPs, Vienna Boys’ Choir and numerous visiting choirs from around the world. 
  • Course Manager is Addie Peyronnin of Philadelphia, who began her affiliation with the Course as a young chorister. 
  • Faculty Members for the 2018 year include;
    John Bohl. John Bradford Bohl is a multi-faceted musician, working as conductor, organist, singer, accompanist and coach. Bohl is currently the Associate Organist at The Cathedral of All Saints in Albany, NY, which was the first Episcopal Cathedral in the United States. He is primary organist for all services as well as frequent Diocesan services, and assists with the training and recruitment of the oldest singing Choir of Men and Boy’s in the country.
    Katie Burk
    . Originally from Lawrence, Kansas, Katie Burk is an organist, choir director, and vocalist currently pursuing the Doctor of Music degree in organ performance and literature with minors in choral conducting and music theory at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she is a student of Christopher Young. She previously earned the MM degree in organ from IU and holds BM degrees in music education and organ performance summa cum laude with departmental distinction from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

    Maggie Burk. Maggie is a conductor, composer, and organist currently pursuing the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music/Yale School of Music, where she studies with Marguerite Brooks, Jeffrey Douma, and David Hill. She is a member and student manager of the Yale Schola Cantorum, an assistant conductor of the Yale Camerata, and a soprano section leader at two of the university’s chapels.
    Robert Nicholls. Robert was born in Cambridge, England to a British farmer and American mother from Carmi, Illinois, and grew up in rural Cambridgeshire. At age eight he joined the choristers at Westminster Abbey in London, under the direction of Simon Preston. He graduated from the Oundle School and Cambridge University. He was a member of the choirs of the Gonville and Caius and the St. John’s colleges, Cambridge, where he sang tenor. He maintained an abiding interest in the organ and joined the staff of First Presbyterian Church in Evansville, Indiana, in 1996.
    Thomas Sheehan.
    Thomas is the Associate University Organist and Choirmaster at the Memorial Church at Harvard University and the Teaching Fellow and Accompanist for the Harvard Glee Club. Prior to these positions, he served on the music staff of Saint Mark’s Church in Philadelphia, PA and Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton, NJ.
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  • Residential Venue: King’s College, Wilkes-Barre
  • Concerts/Services Venue: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre
  • Course Website:
 Choral Services open to the public

5:30 p.m. Evensong
9:00 p.m. Compline
5:30 p.m. Evensong
9:00 p.m. Compline
8:30 p.m. Compline
5:30 p.m. Evensong
9:00 p.m. Compline
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
3:00 p.m. Evensong

You can learn more about the King’s College RSCMA Course by visiting the course website at

Past Music of RSCM services



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