Personent Hodie—Lara Hoggard
Dr. Lara Hoggard was a professor of music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1967 until he retired in 1980. Dr. Hoggard had expertise in choral conducting and composition. During his time at the University of North Carolina, Dr. Hoggard established the renowned Carolina Choir. He also worked with the UNC-Chapel Hill Summer Institute in Choral Arts, where he worked with public school music teachers and students in North Carolina. Dr. Hoggard has given lectures and workshops in across Europe as well as instructing millions of young singers in North America and Europe.
Personent Hodie is a festival/processional arrangement of a 14th century Latin Christmas carol. The original hymn was published in a Finnish song book in 1582. The hymn became popular in England after an arrangement by Gustav Holst was published in 1916. Holst’s version was primarily used as a church processional.