Classical pianist, composer and renowned arranger of American spirituals Moses Hogan died February 11 at St. Elizabeth’s Nursing Home in Harvey after enduring a long struggle with brain cancer. As a member of the first class of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Hogan studied under Ellis Marsalis, and later attended Oberlin College and the Juilliard School. In 1976, he won first place in the 28th annual Kosciusko Foundation Chopin Competition. At the time of his death, Hogan was artist-in-residence at both Dillard and Loyola universities.
In 1980, Hogan formed a choir called the New World Ensemble, and later founded the Moses Hogan Chorale and the Moses Hogan Singers, groups that performed songs of faith at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Sydney Opera House. In 1999, he was selected as editor of The Oxford Book of Spirituals.