from the Washington Post
David Hogan, 47, an internationally known American music educator,
concert tenor and choir director, died in the explosion that
a TransWorld Airlines jet over Long Island, N.Y on July 17,
Based in Paris for the past four years, Mr. Hogan's international
included teaching and performing in Washington, D.C., Baltimore,
England and the San Francisco Bay area as well as major cities in
His award-winning compositions are sung by choirs around the
and hundreds of professional composers, musicians and teachers
inspired by his innovative teaching methods during his 25 years as
educator and choral director. All who knew Mr. Hogan would recognize
Pamela Quist's description, "Hoagie hummed or whistled his way
life. Music seeped out of every pore."
oldest of seven children, David Hogan was born July 1, 1949, and
his childhood in the small town of Nokesville in northern
He received his musical training in America and France, taking
and graduate degrees at the Peabody Conservatory of Music
Hopkins University) in Baltimore, and advanced training at the
D'Arts Americaines in France with the celebrated Nadia Boulanger.
his other teachers were composers Hugo Weisgall and Richard Rodney
and the French-Swiss soprano and voice teacher Flore Wend. His
to music education was shaped by a rewarding apprenticeship
the music theorist Grace Newsom Cushman.
1971, Mr Hogan, with two Peabody colleagues, Pamela Layman Quist and
Taylor Hebden, founded The Walden School, a summer institute in
New Hampshire, to provide specialized training for talented young
and composers. The school was designed to continue the
educational work of Ms. Cushman, who, in the late 1940s,
the Junior Conservatory Camp, one of the first summer programs
creative education in music at the precollege level. After Ms.
passing, her students Mr Hogan and his. Quist further
the principles of the Junior Conservatory’s musicianship
at The Walden School. Now in its 25th year, The Walden School
program is attended by young musicians from all over America.
students annually win numerous international awards and prizes
their compositions. Mr. Hogan was closely associated with the
development and taught at Walden nearly every summer despite
expanding international responsibilities.
gifted and dedicated teacher, Mr. Hogan held the conviction that the
purpose of education is to foster creativity and that musical
is most successful when students can discover new materials and
for themselves and learn to think independently. His approach
teaching conveyed both great respect for the subject matter of music
delight in the shared process of learning. "David had the amazing
to make each student feel valued through his quiet and loving
explained Stephen Coxe, current President and Executive
of The Walden School, who himself studied with Mr. Hogan.
there are hundreds of his former students around the world who
him." Many of his students have become professional composers,
addition to his work in music education, David Hogan was an acclaimed
singer, pianist, organist and vocal coach. He had been living
Paris for the past four years. A primary focus of his work in France
a series of theater and film projects with the actress and
Coline Serreau (best-known in America as writer-director of
film Three Men And a Cradle, adapted by Hollywood as Three Men and a
and her husband, the noted stage director Benno Besson (a former
of Bertolt Brecht). As composer and musical director of Mme.
play Quisaitout et Grobeta, he received the French equivalent
a Tony Award for his music in 1994. This comedy-with-music was so
it was translated into five languages and presented throughout
Mr. Hogan composed new music to fit each translation (he was
and coached new productions in Italy, Switzerland, Germany
Scandinavia. He also wrote music for Mme. Serreau’s play ‘lapin,
and recently finished the score for her newest film, La Belle
In 1993 he served as music director for Mr. Besson's new
of Mozart’s Magic Flute for the Geneva Opera in Switzerland.
stage projects included incidental music for a production of
in Italy in 1994 and the score for Moliere's Tartuffe at the
de l'Odeon in Paris last year.
Hogan was active in the musical life of Paris. He taught and coached
singers and many well-known French actors. He was a tenor
at the American Cathedral in Pans, and also composed an evensong
for its choir. Choir director Edward J. Tipton observed, "He was
superior musician, a gifted and sensitive composer, and a devoted
In 1995 Mr. Hogan accepted an invitation to become the
director of the Gay Men’s Choir of Paris and prepared special
music for their Christmas concert. As an expert choral composer
director, he was interested in the rapid growth of gay choruses
the world. He was deeply moved by the challenges and rewards
by participants in these choirs: faced with a daily reality of
and death from the AIDS epidemic, they join together with
energy to sing songs of harmony, joy and life. Mr. Hogan
this spirit of affirmation and had begun to use his gifts as a
to help create an expanded repertoire of choral works for the
frequently commissioned composer, Mr. Hogan is perhaps best known for
liturgical choral music. He enjoyed a long association with the
Cathedral in Washington, D.C. as both soloist and composer. He
the distinction of being one of two composers chosen to create a new
(Magnificat and nunc dimittis) to celebrate the consecration and
of the Cathedral in 1989. The Magnificat, recorded by the
choirs of National Cathedral and San Francisco's Grace
was released in 1992 on the CD 'Light is Glittering.' Mr.
work was singled out by CD Review as the "highlight of the
A new choral work was in process for Grace Cathedral of San
for an Easter concert.
Hogan was also an accomplished composer of songs for solo voice.
a month ago he completed musical settings of four Psalm texts
by the countertenor Ryland Angel, who will perform them in
in the next few months. He had also completed two songs in a
cycle of poems by Victor Segalen entitled ‘Steles.’ His Three
Songs won the 1993 Delius Composers Competition. His works
choral and liturgical works, song cycles and chamber music,
published by E. C. Schirmer, Boston and recorded on Angel/EMI. His
music is sung regularly by choirs across America.
Hogan was also a professional concert tenor His instructor Lynn
recalls, "He had an exquisite voice and a fabulous ears."
his vocal gifts, he did not begin to study singing until he was in
when Ms. Hebden and others heard him sing, they immediately
him to become a voice major. He specialized in baroque,
lied, French art songs and 20th century repertoire, but also sang
many operas and oratorios. He performed in France, England and
Amenca beginning in his early 20s. In 1975 he sang the title
in the American premiere of Lili Boulanger's Faust et Helene. He
also been a featured soloist at Baltimore's Cathedral of Mary Our
the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, the National
in Washington, D C. and the American Cathedral of Pans. Mr.
was also a talented pianist and organist who seemed to be able to
almost anything at sight, and frequently accompanied his colleagues
students in recitals.
1979 Mr. Hogan moved to California to become director of music for
Consortium of the Arts, a school of continuing education which
programs for children and adults in the San Francisco Bay area
Washington, D.C. He also served as music director for the Meher
an innovative private primary school in Lafayette, California.
teaching in California was based largely on the Walden School
and many of his students there became regular participants in
summer programs in New Hampshire. He also had opportunities to
new ideas and methods in California that he could apply at
His Consortium work introduced him to keyboard synthesizers and
computer programs for music notation and perfomance.
this period, Mr. Hogan also kept active in liturgical music,
as organist and choirmaster for St. Francis Lutheran Church in
Francisco. Church member Iris Vaughan said that he literally
their tiny choir, working patiently and tirelessly with
of every level of ability. "He put everything he had to say in
rather than words," she said. As this church was adopting a new
English liturgy, Mr. Hogan was given an opportunity to compose
new hymns, chorales, prayers and anthems to the new words.
2003 The Washington Post Company