Summer choral music camp at MU is accepting registrations

Students who just completed ninth through twelfth grades this spring are invited to register now for the Mansfield University (MU) Choral Academy, the summer high school choral music camp being held on the university campus Sunday, July 22 through Saturday, July 28.  

Those who register for the MU Choral Academy will have the opportunity to sing with the Endless Mountain Music Festival’s 62-member professional symphony orchestra and members of the Mansfield University Concert Choir and Festival Chorus at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 27 in Steadman Theater on campus. 

The orchestra and singers will present four movements from “In Windsor Forest,” a cantata written by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The Academy’s final concert on Saturday morning, July 28 at 11 a.m., will include the Choral Academy Chorus, Madrigal Singers, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the Musical Theatre Ensemble singing “Sound of the Trumpet” by Henry Purcell, arranged by Hal Hopson; “Verleih’ uns Frieden” by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy; “America, the Beautiful” by Samuel Ward, arranged by Linda Spevak-Avery; and “Turn the World Around” by Harry Belafonte and Robert Freedman, arranged by Larry Farrow. 

This concert is free and open to the public. It will be in Butler Music Center 163.

Mansfield University is considered to be one of the premier music schools in the East. Providing musical leadership for the Choral Academy are MU master teachers. Director of the Choral Academy is Peggy Dettwiler, Choral Activities director who conducts the university’s Concert Choir, Festival Chorus and Chamber Singers. Assistant Director of the Choral Academy is Ms. Victoria Nance, a 2016 MU graduate who just received her master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University. Dr. Alissa Rose is Professor of Voice; Dr. Youngsuk Kim is Professor of Voice and Opera Theatre; and Peter Davis, an MU alumnus, is director of Musical Theatre.

The Choral Academy is for voice students. The seven-day camp will be in the Butler Music Center. The typical daily schedule for enrolled high school students or June graduates will be: 8 a.m., breakfast; 9 a.m., Eurhythmics warm-up; 10 a.m., choir sectionals; 11 a.m., Festival Chorus; Noon, lunch; 1 p.m., master class for singers; 2 p.m., class on musicianship; 3 p.m., small ensembles in vocal jazz and madrigal; 4 p.m., musical theatre; 5:30 p.m., dinner; and 7 p.m., Festival Chorus. 

Rehearsals for Choral Academy participants and MU Concert Choir and Festival Chorus members for the July 27 festival concert will be Sunday through Thursday, July 22-26 from 7 to 8 p.m. The “dress” rehearsal with the symphony orchestra will be Friday, July 27 at 10 a.m. Campers will enjoy a different activity every evening at 8 p.m., including an ice cream social, fitness center adventure, a campfire, counselor recital and talent night. 

For the camp, MU alumni and university music majors will serve as counselors. The students and counselors will live on campus in double rooms in the new suite-style residence halls and eat in the campus dining room. Recreational and educational facilities are open to all students.

For students that decide to live in a dormitory during the camp, the fee is $495, including instruction, activities, all meals and lodging. For students who want to commute rather than stay on campus, the fee is $395 and includes everything except lodging. 

A $75 non-refundable deposit is required when registering with the balance due by Friday, July 13.

To register, visit For more information, contact the MU Music Department at (570) 662-4710. 

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