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. (For more information, visit Minors). Students also have the opportunity to participate in recreation, camp activities, and attend arts-focused educational events in the evening.
Vocalists will be grouped by ability in either the SATB Choir or one of two SSA(A) Choirs based upon a placement video submitted prior to arrival. Our vocal faculty will evaluate and place students based upon performance, tone quality, and vocal independence.
A mixed choir of soprano, alto, tenor, and bass voices: Challenging repertoire, equivalent to the Intermediate level, will be studied and performed.
A choir of soprano and alto voices determined by placement scores: The repertoire studied and performed will be equivalent to the Intermediate and Advanced levels
As part of our response to summer camp operational guidelines relating to COVID-19, Blue Lake is currently unable to offer the Chamber Choir program at this time. If restrictions ease prior to the start of camp, Chamber Choir may be added. For more information on Blue Lake’s 2021 adjustments relating to COVID-19 health and safety precautions, visit COVID-Careful Planning.
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 2022, as part of Blue Lake's International Exchange Program. For additional information on this exciting opportunity visit bluelake.org/international.
Choir Conductors 2021
SATB Choir – Coty Raven Morris, Crosby High School, TX
SSA Choir – Kyle Zeuch, Lebanon Valley College, PA
SA Choir – Kody Wallace, Grand Valley State University, MI
SATB Choir – Amon Eady, Central Michigan University, MI
SSA Choir – Andrew Minear, University of Alabama, OH
SA Choir – Julia Holt, Eisenhower High School, MI
SATB Choir - Thomas Blue, Rochester High School, MI
SSA Choir – Mark Johnson, Minnesota Boychoir, MN
SA Choir – Kent Wattleworth, Huron High School, MI
SATB Choir – SATB Choir – Steven Hankle, University of Dayton, OH
SSA Choir – Erin Colwitz, Northern Michigan University, MI
SA Choir – Angel Gippert, Power Middle School and Farmington High School, MI