Robert Nicholls

Music Director

Robert Nicholls was born in Cambridge, England to a British farmer and American mother from Carmi, Illinois, and grew up in rural Cambridgeshire.  At the age of eight he joined the Choir of Westminster Abbey in London under the direction of Simon Preston.  He graduated from Oundle School and Cambridge University.  Robert sang tenor in the choirs of Gonville and Caius and St. John’s Colleges in Cambridge.  He was appointed Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Evansville, Indiana, in 1996. The RSCM Program at First Pres was established in 1993, by Dr. Darryl Roland.


Robert has served as Housemaster and Organist for summer residential courses and is in demand nationwide to lead choral festivals as a guest clinician.  As a member of the Evansville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, he has served as Dean, and chaired a number of special events including the 2009 Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced, the 2015 Bolcom Commission of Fantasia for Organ and Brass Quintet premiered in Evansville with Dr. Douglas Reed and the American Brass Quintet, and the restoration of the historic Edmund Giesecke organ made in Evansville in 1889.


Robert’s compositions for both organ and choir have been performed and broadcast in both the US and Europe, and at RSCM America summer residential courses. He also enjoys accompanying silent films and won first place at the American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Improvisation in 2012. 


Robert was an adjunct lecturer in Music at the IU Jacobs School of Music from 2015-2017 teaching keyboard skills, graduate improvising courses and supervising the Sacred Music Practicum. He is currently adjunct Professor of organ and harpsichord at the University of Evansville and serves on the RSCM America National Board.


Robert is married to Emma Nicholls, PhD, a pediatric Clinical Psychologist whom he met next door in Evansville.  They are proud parents of Elena (15) and William (12).


Residential Venue

The course is held at Todd Hall Retreat Center in Columbia, IL. Just outside of St. Louis.  Campers share a room with one other camper. Adult single rooms are available. Todd Hall offers a quiet country atmosphere with large fields for playing games and peaceful paths for walks with friends. There is also a labyrinth for prayer and meditation. For more info about Todd Hall, go to www.toddhallrc.org



Choral Evensong

Saturday July 18, 2020

4:00 p.m.

Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church 

9450 Clayton Road

Ladue MO 63124

Sunday July 19, 2020

Sunday Mass 10am

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

4431 Lindell Blvd

St Louis MO 63108


for teen boys

At RSCM St. Louis we have many choristers that return every year. The boys who return might come back singing a different part as their voices change. As a result, the course has added an emphasis on the boys' changing voice with carefully selected repertoire and rehearsals for teen boys. Rehearsals are always open for observation, and adult classes often focus on ways to work with a changing voice as a director or singing mentor.


Sample Schedule

Yes there is lots of work, but there is also lots of fun and play too

7:40am Morning Prayer

8:00am Breakfast

9:00 A.M .Sectional Rehearsal

10:15 A.M. Break

10:30 A.M .Sectional Rehearsal

12 A.M. Lunch

1:00 P.M. Rest period in rooms

2:00 P.M. Full Rehearsal

3:30 P.M. Sports & Activities

3:30 P.M. Adult Program

5:30 P.M. Dinner

6:30 P.M. Full Rehearsal

7:45 P.M. Evensong

8:30 P.M. Activities

9:45 P.M. Compline

10:30 P.M. Lights out

Other fun activities throughout the week

Paper, Rock, Scissors Tournament, Dance parties, Sports, Water Activities, Ice Cream Trips, Movie Night, Talent Show, plus much more



For the Adults participants that attend, We offer daily programs that offers discussions to help improve your home choirs or helpful discussions to make you a better singer. There are also nightly fellowship opportunities that leads to great community building. The schedule also provides time for prayer and self-reflection.


Evensong on Saturday

to be announced


Eucharist on Sunday

to be announced


St. Louis, MO

St. Louis is conveniently located in the middle of America. Easy to travel to by plane and by car. With Interstates 44, 55, 64, 70 all coming through St. Louis, it makes it an easy drive. Traveling by plane? Lambert International Airport is just a 40 min drive to Todd Hall Retreat Center. If you are flying in, please let us also know by e-mail, and we can try to help find arrangements to and from the airport.

St. Louis is a great city to visit. St. Louis has so much to do. There are so many world class destinations to visit and some of the best restaurants in the country. You may want to come in early or stay late to visit some of these great places.

www.explorestlouis.com is a great spot to see what's going on here.



  • Participants: 25 boys and 25 girls, treble voices grade 4 and up; 25 adults and teens (altos, tenors, and basses)

  • Dates: July 13-19, 2020

  • Course Fees: For Kids: $600 for registrations received by April 1; $625 for registrations received after April 1.

  • For Adults $700, includes private room, for registrations received by April 1; $725 for registrations received after April 1. Adults can save $100 by sharing a room, but you must provide your own roommate at registration

  • ***All RSCM members receive a $25 discount***

  • Forms of Payment: We accept checks, also we can accept Debit/Credit Cards via PayPay, please note if you choose to use PayPal, there's a convenience fee of $25 added to the final cost. Now accepting Venmo



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