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Loyola University College of Music announces the appointment of Moses Hogan as artist-in-residence

Loyola press release - January 3, 2000

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans College of Music announces the appointment of Moses Hogan as artist-in-residence. Loyola will present Hogan's inaugural concert, the Vocal and Choral Music of Moses Hogan, on Saturday, January 15, 2000 at 3:00 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall located in the Music/Communications Complex at the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue.

At his inaugural concert at Loyola, Hogan will lead singers from the combined memberships of the Moses Hogan Singers and the Moses Hogan Chorale through a program of his arrangements and original compositions. The concert will feature mezzo-soprano Marietta Simpson, tenor Brian Stratton, soprano Bridget Bazile, and flautist Kent Jordan.

Hogan's duties as artist-in-residence include producing special performances, conducting a new summer choral workshop, recruiting voice students, and representing Loyola at his numerous worldwide appearances.

Admission to this concert is free and open to the public. Additional information are available through Loyola's ticket box office at 865-3492. For more information, contact Reid Wick at (504) 865-2074.

Moses George Hogan, born in New Orleans, is a pianist, conductor, and arranger of international renown. A graduate of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) and Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, he also studied at New York's Juilliard School of Music and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Hogan's many accomplishments as a concert pianist included winning first place in the prestigious 28th annual Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition in New York. Since 1993, he has served as artistic director of the internationally acclaimed Moses Hogan Chorale. The chorale evolved as an outgrowth of the New World

Ensemble, organized by Hogan when he began his exploration of choral music in 1980. The chorale has electrified audiences in the finest and most prestigious concert halls at home and abroad, ranging from Washington D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center to the famed Sydney Opera House in Australia.

Hogan has been increasingly in demand internationally as an arranger, conductor, and clinician. He was commissioned to arrange and perform several compositions for the 1995 PBS documentary The American Promise, whose soundtrack was released by Windam Hill Records under the title Voices. His discography includes a recording of arrangements of spirituals for the acclaimed soprano Barbara Hendricks and the newly organized Moses Hogan Singers titled Give Me Jesus on EMI Virgin Records; An American Heritage of Spirituals, sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and conducted by Moses Hogan and Albert McNeil, produced by Bonneville Worldwide Entertainment; two recordings of spirituals with renown countertenor Derek Lee Ragin on Aria Records and on Channel Classic Records; The Best of the Moses Hogan Chorale Souvenir Edition, which features over thirty of Hogan's arrangements for mixed chorus, produced by MGH Records; A Home In That Rock, sung by the Moses Hogan Singers, is a collection of spirituals and songs of faith produced and arranged by Hogan. Hogan's contemporary setting of spirituals, original compositions, and other works have been revered by audiences and praised by critics including Gramophone magazine. They have become staples in the repertoires of high school, college, church, community, and professional choirs worldwide. Hogan's choral series is published by the Hal Leonard Corporation and by Alliance Music Publishers.

Based on the heritage of Catholic Jesuit higher education in Louisiana since 1849, Loyola University New Orleans was chartered in 1912. The College of Music gives students the opportunity to combine liberal studies with professional music courses. Loyola offers the only College of Music within the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Its reputation for excellence is founded on the work of a faculty whose distinction as scholars, performers, and most importantly, as educators, has been nationally acclaimed. Loyola's music alumni have become successful in virtually every area of the professional music world.