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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 2022 Monday, July 25-Sunday, July 31, 2022


2022 Music Directors

In keeping with our Family Reunion theme, after two years apart, the full choir will be led by all of our wonderful housemasters! All course participants will have the pleasure of singing in rehearsal for these wonderful musicians.

The housemasters portion of the music staff this year will be Katie Burk, Maggie Burk, Jack Burnam, Jim Douglas, and Michael Smith. They will all be rehearsing their individual houses as normal but also sharing the full choir responsibilities. As usual, these fabulous housemasters will be joined on staff by Mark Laubach (course organist), Glenn Miller (compline schola director), Tom Sheehan (assistant organist and manager for music and liturgy), and T. J. Thomas (assistant music manager). This amazing team of musicians simply can’t wait for the privilege of being involved in the 2022 King’s College RSCM Family Reunion course!

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  • Residential Venue: King’s College, Wilkes-Barre
  • Concerts/Services Venue: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre
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 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. Compline5:30 p.m. Evensong9:00 p.m. Compline10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist

3:00 p.m. Evensong

RSCM America is a branch of the Royal School of Church Music. RSCM was founded in England in 1927 by Sir Sydney Nicholson, then organist of Westminster Abbey. The organization is committed to attaining high standards of musical performance. RSCM has grown to become an international and ecumenical organization, with more than 11,000 affiliates around the world.

In the United States, RSCM America has more than 400 affiliates (including St. Stephen’s Church), crossing  denominational lines and the boundaries of nearly every state. Their goal is to uplift the spiritual life of communities through high-quality choral music. RSCMA provides musical education through a structured choral music program and summer music courses. This summer courses are being held in Houston, Texas, Durham, North Carolina, Seattle, Washington, Charlotte, North Carolina, Tulsa, Oklahoma, St. Louis, Missouri, Boston, Massachusetts, Washington D.C., and Newport, Rhode Island, as well as at St. Stephen’s (which is by far the largest course).

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

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