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 TEXOMA 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 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. 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 is a returning soloist to FUMC Colorado Springs where she has been heard numerous times as soprano soloist in Messiah and also, 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 San Gabriel Chorale, as well as a duet recital with her husband, bass, George Hogan.
Penny also occasionally enjoys stage directing musicals and opera. She and her husband, George Hogan, work together at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in the Opera/Musical Theatre program.
Penny spent a month last summer at the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival held on the campus of Luther College in Decorah, IA, as a teacher/performer. She will be returning this summer to this prestigious music camp to teach and perform.