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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 2019 July 23 – July 28
  • Guest Director for 2019: Robert McCormick, Robert McCormick, described by Choir and Organ as “indomitable and immensely gifted” and as “an artist of rare sensitivity and passion” by the Macon (GA) Telegraph, has served as Organist and Choirmaster of Saint Mark’s Church since 2016. From 2008 to 2016, he served as Director of Music at St. Paul’s Parish, K Street, Washington, D.C. At St. Paul’s he conducted the various choirs of adults, boys, and girls in approximately 175 choral services yearly (including weekly Evensong, year-round). From 2001 to 2008 he served as Organist and Music Director at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, New York City.
    Mr. McCormick holds the Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance, summa cum laude, from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, N.J. Concurrently, he was Assistant Organist at Trinity Church, Princeton. His teachers have included McNeil Robinson and Robert Carwithen.
    Known for his ability in organ improvisation, Mr. McCormick was named a semi-finalist in the 2005 St. Albans International Organ Festival Improvisation Competition.

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  • Course Manager is Addie Peyronnin of Philadelphia, who began her affiliation with the Course as a young chorister. 
  • 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

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

Past Music of RSCM services

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