Penny Hogan, a native of Iowa, graduated with honors from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa receiving a Bachelor of Music Education in voice. She received her Master of Music from the University of Michigan in Vocal Performance/Opera. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Honorary Musical Society. Penny is a member of TEXOMA NATS, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and is a member of the South Texas Chapter NATS where she has served as Auditions Chair. Penny also served as Auditions Coordinator for the Natchez Festival of Music in Natchez, MS.
Penny studied voice with Douglas Duncan, Ellen Faull, 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 in Texas eighteen years ago. Her voice students have been NATS finalists and many are pursuing professional careers in a variety of musical genres.
Penny has performed with opera houses and symphonies throughout the United States. She has been soprano soloist at FUMC Colorado Springs many times in Messiah and Haydn’s The Lord Nelson Mass. She remains actively singing in the Central Texas area and at UMHB. Recent performances as soprano soloist have included the Temple Symphony Orchestra, the Bell Civic Chorale, The UMHB Wind Ensemble, The San Gabriel Chorale, as well as a duet recital with her husband, bass, George Hogan. Penny and George will be returning to sing the Holiday Concert at Temple Symphony Orchestra in December.
Penny also enjoys stage directing musicals and opera. She is the Associate Director of Opera/Musical Theatre at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She teaches voice and also Vocal Literature and advanced French diction.
Penny will be returning for her 5th summer to the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival as a teacher/performer. She and her husband, George Hogan are excited to return and continue the successful launch of the musical theatre elective!