Penny D. Hogan
Assistant Conductor of Opera/Music Theater
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 theater, 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 Theater 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!