Moses G. Hogan, 45, who won acclaim as an arranger of spirituals and leader of a choir that specialized in the idiom, died Tuesday in New Orleans. He had been hospitalized since September because of a brain tumor.
Hogan was conductor of the Moses Hogan Chorale, a 40-member ensemble he founded in 1993 to preserve and perform African American spirituals. It was one of only two American choirs invited to sing at the 1996 World Choral Symposium in Sydney, Australia, and was the first African American choir to perform there.
The chorale toured across the United States and Europe and was praised for its mesmerizing blending of voices in a vocal tradition that dated to the time of slavery.
"They have great dynamic control and a natural, unexaggerated sense of swing," a Los Angeles Times critic wrote in 1999. "As an arranger of spirituals, Hogan is by turns tricky, eloquent and unpredictable."