School of church music gives young singers a voice

Joshua Adams receives the RSCM Gold Award from Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB (The eRecord/Ron Tan)

For more than 40 years, Western Australia's Royal School of Church Music has provided young musicians of all levels with an experience in sacred liturgy. Source: The eRecord.

Having originated in the UK in 1927, the music school represents a national voice in church music, and aims to develop co-operative and formal links with the major church bodies in Australia.

The eRecord spoke to RSCM commitee member and St Mary’s Cathedral’s music director Jacinta Jakovcevic, on how young musicians can fully benefit from the various programs offered yearly.

“Choral festivals, tours of local churches, camps, workshops on hymn singing and choosing music for worship are some of the programs offered to musicians from the parishes,” she said.

“These programs allow the musicians to choose between what is educational for them – reflecting on their own specific needs and giving experience to the musicians, as well as provide a wonderful forum through which to meet other musicians and exchange ideas and experiences.”

One program offered is the “Voice of Life”, which teaches choristers music theories, choral and vocal techniques, musicianship, and an awareness of how they function within a choir or music group.

West Australian chorister Joshua Adams received the Gold Award last year – the highest international recognition given by RSCM, through his participation in the Voice of Life program. He has since been working hard to complete his honours at the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Western Australia.

Ms Jakovcevic said having young people encounter God and build their faith through church music was a “wonderful blessing”.

“I also think that experiences like a beautiful chant and reading through the text can be so nourishing for our faith – this not only helps build faith in our young musicians but perhaps also inspires them to perhaps try writing their own music too,” she said.


RSCM continues to shape young musicians in sacred liturgy (The eRecord

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