Students who just completed the 9th through 12th grades this spring are invited to register now for the Mansfield University Choral Academy, the summer high school choral music camp being held on the university campus Sunday, July 21 through Saturday, July 27.
Those who register for the MU Choral Academy by Friday, July 12 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 26, in Steadman Theater on campus, they will present “A Song of Peace” written by Jean Sibelius and arranged by Johnnie Carl.
The Academy’s final concert on Saturday morning, July 27 at 11 a.m., will include the Choral Academy Chorus, Madrigal Singers, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the Musical Theatre Ensemble singing a variety of works from the classical to the spiritual tradition as well as “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” the famous chorus from the 1964 Walt Disney film “Mary Poppins” and the Broadway musical of the same name that ran from 2006 to 2013. The concert is free and open to the public. It will be in Butler Music Center 163.
Mansfield University is considered 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 Victoria Nance, a 2016 MU graduate who received her master’s degree in conducting from Temple University in 2018. Dr. Alissa Rose is Professor of Voice; Jordan Schreiner, voice teacher; 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. Besides daily rehearsals and projects, campers will enjoy a different activity every evening, including games and ice cream, a show at the Planetarium, a campfire, and a counselor recital and talent night. 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.
For students who 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 12.
To register, visit https://ssl.mansfield.edu/cll/voice-academy.cfm. For more information, contact the MU Music Department at (570) 662-4710.