• Composer of the Week:   Moses Hogan
    Presented for Black History Month 


    Hogan Moses Hogan was an African-American choral composer born in 1957 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He had five siblings, and lived in a household where his parents shared their passion for music.   Hogan attended a performing arts high school.  He then received a full scholarship to the Oberlin conservatory of Music in Ohio.  After graduating, he went on to the Juilliard School of Music.   His main instrument was piano, for which he won several competitions. 

    Hogan became internationally known as a conductor and composer throughout the late 1980’s and 1990’s.   His best known works are not “pure” compositions, but rather arrangements of spirituals.  His works have been performed by professional choirs (like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir), high schools and colleges around the world.  Among his best-known compositions are Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho, Mary Don’t You Weep, Swing Low (Sweet Chariot), We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace, My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord and Elijah Rock. 

    Moses Hogan received much praise from publications such as The New York Times and Gramophone Magazine.  Hogan’s life was cut short by a brain tumor.  He died in 2003 at the age of just 45.  His music continues to be performed today.   




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The Music of Moses Hogan