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.
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 with high audition scores: The repertoire studied and performed will be equivalent to the Intermediate and Advanced levels.
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.
Blue Lake International
During the summer seaon, each choral student will have the opportunity to apply for the International Choir, which will tour Europe during the summer of 2020, as part of Blue Lake's International Exchange Program. For additional information on this exciting opportunity visit bluelake.org/international.
Choir Conductors 2019
Session 1: June 26 - July 7
SATB Choir – Joseph Kemper, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Chamber Choir - Michael Mitchell, Oakland University, Rochester, MI
SSA Choir – Kyle Zeuch, Lebanon Valley College, Pennsylvania
Session 2: July 10 - July 21
SATB Choir- Andrew Minear, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
Chamber Choir – To Be Determined
SSA Choir - Julia Holt, Eisenhower High School, Rochester, MI
Session 3: July 24 - August 4
SATB Choir - Thomas Blue, Rochester Community Schools, Rochester Hills, MI
Bella Cantus Chamber Choir (girls) – Thomas Blue, Rochester Community Schools, Rochester, MI
Blue Harmony Chamber Choir (boys) – Steven Hankle, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
SSA Choir - James Cumings, Northwest Community Schools, Jackson, MI
Session 4: August 7 - August 18
SATB Choir – Frank Watkins, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI
Chamber Choir – Meredith Bowen, Radford University, Radford, VA
SSA Choir – Erin Stier, West Ottawa High School, Holland, MI