Guest Artist Profiles
Penny Hogan, vocalist from UMHB
Subjects Taught: Applied Voice, Opera Workshop/Musical Theatre, Vocal Literature
Degrees Earned: MM Vocal Performance University of Michigan; BM Music Educ.-Voice Simpson College, Indianola, IA

Brief Bio

Penny Hogan, a native of Iowa, graduated with honors from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa with a Bachelor of Music Education in voice. She received her Master of Music from the University of Michigan in Vocal Performance/Opera and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Honorary Musical Society. Penny is a member of NATS, the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She is also a member of the South Texas Chapter NATS where she has served as Auditions Chair. Penny also served as Auditions Coordinator for Natchez Festival of Music in Natchez, MS.

Penny studied voice with Douglas Duncan, Ellen Faull, John McCollum and Judith Coen. Her many reviews throughout her career were noteworthy in Opera News and Opera Canada. Greg DeJarnett from the East Penn Press wrote, “The gift in the Gift of the Magi is clearly actress/soprano, Penny Johnson (Hogan). She is a priceless performer. She finds every moment and innuendo. She sings superbly. Alone, she is worth the price of admission.”

Penny has taught at several universities over the years: Texas Christian University, Oral Roberts University, Simpson College, Roanoke College, Southwestern and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary before coming to teach at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Her musical experience is vast and runs the spectrum of performer, teacher and choir director. Mrs. Hogan has enjoyed a successful career in opera, music theatre, oratorio and concert recitalist. She has appeared as a guest soloist at Carnegie Hall in New York. She was awarded the Shoshana Foundation’s Richard F. Gold Career Grant; was a finalist in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions; selected as outstanding Young Women in America and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Penny has performed with opera houses and symphonies throughout the United States: Anchorage Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Augusta Opera, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, Central City Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, Kalamazoo Symphony, Lyric Opera of Dallas, Natchez Opera Festival, and Sarasota Opera. She also was active performing with New York City Opera’s educational program, Opera Omaha, and performed with the Pennsylvania Stage Company. Penny is a returning soloist to FUMC Colorado Springs where she has been heard as soprano soloist for Messiah and Haydn’s The Lord Nelson Mass.

She maintains an active performance schedule with her teaching load. She has been heard as soprano soloist with UMHB’s Women’s Chorale, the Bell Civic Chorale, and was featured with her husband, George Hogan, on the Holiday Concert for TSO. She has been heard as soprano soloist in Haydn’s The Seasons with the San Gabriel Chorale, Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Mozart’s Requiem and Rutter’s Requiem. She has sung in recital in Hughes Recital Hall at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where she serves as Assistant Professor of Music. Her duties include teaching Voice, Vocal Literature and Advanced French Diction. Penny is also the Associate Director of Opera/Musical Theatre activities at UMHB. She keeps an active private voice studio teaching many area high school students through the Conservatory. Penny and George often sing short programs for area churches and businesses. They are repeat performers for the Golden Agers, Young at Heart, Christmas Dinner at UMHB and others. The last few summers have been spent as performer/teacher with Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival. Penny resides in Belton with her husband, bass, George Hogan and their two sons, Max and Joey. Life is rounded out with our miniature schnauzer, Jack. Baseball is one of my passions. I am a Ranger’s fan and miss watching my sons play baseball. Laughter is always the best medicine and walking outside enjoying the great outdoors.

“My true passion is singing, teaching and making music with people of all ages. I love the sound of voices singing to God - the voices of angels - using the talents that He has given them.” Singing is good for your soul!

George Hogan, vocalist from UMHB
Subjects Taught: Voice ∙ Opera ∙ Musical Theatre ∙ OPERA CRU
Degrees Earned: BM ∙ MM ∙ Artist Diploma

Trevecca University
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Academy of Vocal Arts (Philadelphia, PA)

Brief Bio

This past year Mr. Hogan celebrated his 15th year as an Assistant Professor of Music for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Since making his operatic debut at the young age of 19 for a PBS filming as Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Des Moines Metro Opera, he has accumulated some thirty-plus years in the field of opera. He has performed at nearly every opera house in North America, throughout Europe and at the famed Australian Opera House in Sydney, Australia.

During his distinguished singing career, Mr. Hogan performed with artists such as Renée Fleming, Luciano Pavarotti, Frederica von Stade, Denyce Graves, Thomas Allen, Jerome Hines, Paul Plishka, Samuel Ramey and Dolora Zajic, to name a few. He has been heard live on broadcasts from Lincoln Center, National Public Radio (NPR), and Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Television Specials. He is also on the EMI and APAD recording labels.

Some of his awards and recognitions include a Sullivan Career Grant from the Sullivan Foundation, Richard Tucker Voice Competition Award, International Finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti Competition, San Francisco Opera Merola Program, George London Vocal Competition and the Arturo Giargiari Bel-Canto Voice Competition. During his high school years he was a four-year member of the Texas All-State Choir. He can be seen in Who's Who in American High Schools and Universities and is an active member of the TEXOMA NATS, NOA, and Opera America organizations.

In 2009 he made his Carnegie Hall debut as a stage director in a production entitled, “Opera Shorts." He has served as the Artistic Director of the Natchez Festival of Music, and has served on the voice faculty of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival for the past three summers. Mr. Hogan is highly respected in his field and continues to enjoy a career outside of academia.

Critical Acclaim

"Thanks to George Hogan's gift of humor, I heard an audience laugh for the first time in many a year during Leporello's catalogue recitation." Opera Magazine
"George Hogan's voice has a clear Cesare Siepi-like resonance and timbre." Opera Canada
"Hogan has oaken weight in his bass. It is also quite flexible and possesses a fetching cantabile warmth." San Francisco Chronicle
"George Hogan was a commanding Bertram." The New Yorker
"The clarity of his lower register was riveting." The Philadelphia Inquirer
"George Hogan's Basilio was full of resonant deviousness." Opera News
“One of the evening’s bright moments was the voice of American bass, George Hogan. His Handel was like dark crystal.” The Australian (Sydney, Australia)

"George Hogan starred in the performance...we loved him and we are star-struck. Moving as the aged knight battling windmills, stirring as the young man trapped by the Spanish Inquisition, he was unabashedly magnificent. When he finished 'The Impossible Dream,' tears actually were glistening in eyes around us." The Natchez (MS) Democrat


Drew Lang, marimba soloist Percussion

Brief Bio

Drew Lang is a percussionist dedicated to furthering the marimba as a solo and chamber music instrument. He has commissioned and premiered works for marimba in solo, chamber and concerto settings. An active recitalist and clinician, Drew appears throughout the United States as a soloist and also with his wife, Helen Blackburn, in their marimba/flute duo. Mr. Lang also performs with Chris Hanning in the percussion duo Double Impact. His performances have been broadcast on NPR and featured on the McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase on WQXR radio in New York.

Always looking for quality new music, he has formed a special relationship with composer G. Bradley Bodine. The collaboration has resulted in A Cross on Wood for solo marimba, Rhapsodia for flute and marimba, and Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra, which was premiered at the International Festival-Institute at Round Top. In the Fall of 2004 He will be recording the wind ensemble version of the concerto with the Meadows Wind Ensemble.

Mr. Lang has also worked with Simon Sargon and Robert Beaser on transcriptions for the Blackburn/Lang Duo. He worked with David Maslanka on the premier recording of his Concerto for Marimba and Band with the University of Arizona Wind Ensemble (released by Albany records - TROY 424). Mr. Lang can also be heard on Daniel McCarthy's Concerto for Marimba, Percussion, and Synthesizer with the Meadows Percussion Ensemble (GSCD 346).

As a percussionist, Mr. Lang performs regularly with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera, the Dallas Wind Symphony, Ft. Worth Symphony, and Casa Mañana Musicals. He has also played regularly such groups as the Plano Symphony, Turtle Creek Chorale, Texas Chamber Orchestra, and various theatre groups in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This summer, he will serve as Principal Percussionist at the Breckenridge Music Festival. He has served as Principal Percussionist for the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colorado and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top.

Having a diverse background, some highlights range from being a member of the 27th Lancer Drum and Bugle Corp snare line, to filling in for the drummer of the Fifth Dimension. Other highlights include recording with the Dallas Symphony, Dallas Wind Symphony, the Dallas Brass and the Turtle Creek Chorale.

Drew is a Promark® Artist, and the Blackburn/Lang Duo are on the Texas Commission on the Arts Texas Touring Program Artist Roster.

As a marimba specialist, Lang has commissioned and premiered and recorded works for marimba in solo, chamber and concerto settings. His most recent project was an 11 university consortium commission of NAMASTE: Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble by G. Bradley Bodine. Drew appears throughout the United States as a soloist and in his duo with Flutist Helen Blackburn.

Drew is on the percussion faculties at Southern Methodist University and Eastfield College and is director of the “MARIMBA MADNESS” summer Junior High/High School percussion camp, and plays in the rock band Scarlet Vermillion.

James Dick, pianist

Brief Bio

Recognized as one of the truly important pianists of his generation, internationally renowned concert pianist and Steinway artist James Dick brings keyboard sonorities of captivation, opulence and brilliance to performances that radiate intellectual insight and emotional authenticity.

Raised in Hutchinson Kansas, his talent moved him from the farm to the University of Texas Music Building and out to the world's great concert halls. He received a scholarship to the University of Texas in Austin, studying with Dalies Frantz. Later, he was a Fulbright Scholar and studied with Sir Clifford Curzon in England. Dick's early triumphs as a major prizewinner in the Tchaikovsky, Busoni and Leventritt International Competitions were a mere prelude to an eminent career highlighted by acclaimed recitals and concerto performances in the world's premier concert halls, including New York's Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall and 92nd Street "Y"; London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room; Le Theatre du Chatelet and Salle Gaveau in Paris; the Academy of Music in Philadelphia; the Kennedy Center and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.; and Orchestra Hall in Chicago.

Dick has performed with the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony and many major orchestras, with such conductors as Ormandy, Barbirolli, Levin, Maazel, Kondrashin, Spano, Oue, Sanderling, Hogwood, de Preist and Verrot. In chamber music, he has been guest soloist with the Cleveland, Tokyo, Parisii, Ravel, Debussy and Cassatt quartets and the Dorian and Moragues wind quintets, concertizing as well with Yo-Yo Ma, Regis Pasquier, Young Uck Kim, Raphael Hillyer, Rostislav Dubinsky, Martin Lovett, Andrew Marriner, Guy Deplus and Carol Wincenc.

James Dick has received numerous honors and commendations, including the Texas Medal of Arts, the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture, and Honorary Associate of London's Royal Academy of Music.

He is a fervent supporter of new music, having commissioned Benjamin Lees, Dan Welcher, Malcolm Hawkins and Chinary Ung to write, respectively, "Etudes", "Shiva's Drum", "Rasmandala" and "Rising Light" for piano and orchestra.

On February 1998, James Dick premiered "Flight of Passage: From Silent Sun to Starry Night" by Claude Baker. This piece is inspired by poems by Walt Whitman. It was performed in New York (Alice Tully Hall), Paris (Salle Gaveau) and London (Purcell Room).In addition to his schedule as a world-renowned guest artist, James Dick in 1971 established the Round Top Festival Institute in Round Top, Texas to nurture and incubate aspiring young musicians. The institute (today operated under The James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts) has grown from a handful of gifted young pianists in rented space on the town square of Round Top to a 210-acre European-styled campus where distinguished faculty each year teach nearly 100 young artists and the Falnstitute provides year-round education and performance programs for audiences.

Today James Dick is well-known to music lovers as a man of great talent, vision and class.

Michael Boudewyns, actor

Brief Bio

In 2004, Michael co-founded Really Inventive Stuff. In 2004, he also made his solo orchestra debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

In the 16-17 season, Michael makes his debuts with the Regina Symphony Orchestra in Canada (Peter and the Wolf), the Imperial Symphony Orchestra (Dvorak's New World), the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Symphony (Green Eggs and Ham, The Sneetches), the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (Peter and the Wolf, The Toy Symphony), the Missoula Symphony (The Story of Babar, Tubby the Tuba), the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra (Peter and the Wolf, The Toy Symphony), and the Lake George Music Festival (The Story of Babar).

As a member of Really Inventive Stuff, he has performed family concerts with orchestras internationally (Singapore), in Canada (Victoria and Winnipeg), and around the United States (Annapolis, Charlotte, Delaware, Des Moines, Detroit, Harrisburg, Hartford, Illinois, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Kennett, Lincoln, Milwaukee, the National Symphony, New Haven, Philadelphia, Portland, Princeton, Richardson, Richmond, Saint Louis, Symphony in C, Symphony of Southeast Texas, Texarkana, Tulane University, Utah, and the Westchester Philharmonic).

Michael's many orchestra performances also include Beyond the Score presentations with the Philadelphia Orchestra (Beethoven 5, Bartok’s The Miraculous Mandarin, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, and Prokofiev 5), the National Symphony Orchestra (Shostakovich 4) and the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra (Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Tchaikovsky 5 and Beethoven 5).

He studied Theatre at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. He is also a graduate of the Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) at the University of Delaware, and co-founder of ReallyInventiveStuff.