Blue Lake International

During the summer season, each choral student will have the opportunity to apply for the International Choir, which will tour Europe during the summer of 2016, as part of Blue Lake’s International Exchange Program. The 2015 International Choir is under the direction of Thomas Wirtz. For additional  information on this exciting opportunity, see the Blue Lake International Program.

Blue Lake’s Choir Program is designed to challenge students of all proficiency levels. Our highly regarded faculty provide a wide range of instructional and performance opportunities. Students explore repertoire from a variety of musical styles and historical periods and practice fundamental skills in sight singing, breath management, tone production, stage presence, diction, solo and ensemble singing, and basic musicianship. Choir majors receive five hours of intensive daily rehearsal, sectionals, and vocal technique classes.

Students can complete their instructional experience by choosing a Minor, allowing them to experience another area of interest while at camp. See minors for a complete listing of courses. Students also have the opportunity to hear various faculty and staff performances presented as a part of Blue Lake’s Summer Arts Festival, as well as participate in recreational activities and other camp events.

Students will be grouped by ability in either the SATB Choir or the SSA(A) Choir. Advanced students will also be placed in the Chamber Choir. The audition will evaluate tone quality, vocal independence, and sight reading ability. Camp concludes with a performance for parents and the public that features all three of our choirs.

SATB Choir
A mixed choir of soprano, alto, tenor, and bass voices: Challenging repertoire, equivalent to the MSVMA Intermediate level, will be studied and performed.

SSA(A) Choir
A choir of soprano and alto voices with high audition scores: The repertoire studied and performed will be equivalent to the MSVMA Intermediate and Advanced levels.

Chamber Choir
An advanced small ensemble of soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices with the highest audition scores: Members of the Chamber Choir will also sing in the SATB Choir. Repertoire selected will challenge even the most experienced singer.


Choir Conductors 2014

Session 1:  June 25 – July 6
SATB - Adam Wurst, Allendale, MI
Chamber Choir - Lisa Fredenburgh, Aurora, IL
SSA Choir - Shirley Lemon, Grand Haven, MI

Session 2: July 9 - July 20
SATB - Andrew Minear, East Lansing, MI
Chamber Choir - Michael Mitchell, Rochester, MI
SSA Choir - Julia Holt, Shelby Township, MI

Session 3:  July 23 - August 3
SATB - Thomas Blue, Rochester Hills, MI
Chamber Choir - Thomas Blue, Rochester Hills, MI
SSA Choir - James Cumings, Jackson, MI

Session 4:  August 6 - August 17
SATB - Doug Armstead, Grand Ledge, MI
Chamber Choir - Kimberly Adams, Kalamazoo, MI
SSA Choir - Sheri Tulloch, Grand Ledge, MI

High School
Grades 9-12 next school year

Session I: July 1 - July 12, 2015*
Session II: July 15 - 26, 2015


Grades 7-9 next school year

Session III: July 29 - August 9, 2015
Session IV: August 12 - 23, 2015


*Go to Camper Solo Competition for more information on how you can participate in Blue Lake's Student Solo Competition!