July 6 to July 17, 2020
For beginning and advanced singers, boys and girls, age 10–18
Develop performance skills as singer/actors alongside peers, both as soloists and members of ensembles. This two-week intensive camp will include:
- Vocal coaching
- Movement rehearsals and blocking
- Acting and character development
- Broadway History
- Music Theory
- Vocal Anatomy
- Improvisation and theatre games
- Audition preparation
- Accepting singers ages 10-18 per audition or submission.
About the Program
Campers will take part in vocal coaching, acting instruction focusing on the challenges of the singer/actor, and staging/blocking sessions. Repertoire assignments are based on ability level and vocal range. Students will work in small groups and receive individual vocal coaching for their pieces. The final week is dedicated to dress rehearsals and staging. The camp ends with a final performance, allowing students to showcase their prepared scenes from the musical theatre repertory.
When: July 6–17, 2020
Where: 1336 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123.
What time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Michael Ashby earned his Masters of Operatic performance from New Jersey City University and his Bachelor of Science in Music Performance from Indiana State University. He has performed regionally in opera, operetta, musical theater, and theater productions. In addition to our vocal conservatory he maintains voice studios at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and Community Music School in Trappe, Pennsylvania. For the past year Michael has been working as the vocal technical teacher for the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale as well as the Philadelphia Girls Choir. This summer will marks his seventh time directing the opera camp for the conservatory and his twelfth opera camp in total. His previous teen opera camps were directed at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and for Philadelphia International Music Festival in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. During his time at Rutgers he was a private vocal instructor with the Mason Gross Extension Division/Community Music Program for eleven years. This Summer Michael will also undertake direction of our choral camp.
Steve Weber graduated from both Cedarville University (B.A. in Music) and Boston University (M.A. in Music Education). He has been teaching high school music in southern New Jersey for over 15 years, where his students have been featured on Philadelphia radio and national television several times. Steve has worked with many regional music groups, including International Opera Theater of Philadelphia, Delaware Valley Opera Chorus, and the Ritz Theater of Oaklyn. In his spare time, he arranges music for not only his students but other high school and college ensembles as well.
The fee for the two week program is $600.00. All materials are included. Lunch is not provided.
A $50 non-refundable fee is due upon application (payments can be made by check or online). If accepted into the program, $550 is due by July 1.
NOTE: Singers accepted per audition or submission. Please prepare up to two song selections, one of which may be from an opera, an operetta, or musical theater. Both selections can be in English. Should you choose to submit audition materials, CDs should be mailed to our office and .mp3 files can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. YouTube clips are also acceptable.