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Matthew Hoch, editor of "So You Want to Sing Sacred Music: A Guide for Performers," will be presenting a book talk on Thursday, April 27 at 4 p.m. at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pebble Hill, located at 101 S.Debardeleben St.

'So You Want to Sing Sacred Music' addresses the sacred singing traditions most commonly encountered by amateur and emerging professional singers. Multiple contributors offer a broad overview of sacred singing in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Specialists address a wide range of topics, including Jewish cantorial music, Gregorian chant, post-Vatican II Catholic music, choral traditions and contemporary Christian music.

In particular, Hoch will focus on Anglican choral traditions and hymnody, building upon the foundations established in his 2015 book, "Welcome to Church Music & The Hymnal 1982."

Hoch is associate professor of voice and coordinator of voice studies at Auburn University. He is the author of several books, including "A Dictionary for the Modern Singer." He holds a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College, Master of Music from the Hartt School, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the New England Conservatory. Hoch is the 2016 winner of the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship, awarded jointly by the Voice Foundation and NATS. He actively performs art song, opera, chamber music, and in professional choral settings.

The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information on the program, call 844-4903 or visit the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center’s webpage