Ongoing registration for SummerVoice Music Camp (Jul 28-Aug1)

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First Baptist Church
100 South Main Street, Waynesville
Suzy Bernardi
Jul 27, 2014
12:00 PM
Photo by: Julie Keiper

SummerVoice Music Camp Registration now open

Voices in the Laurel announces that registration is now open for SummerVoice Music Camp. The musical day camp which will take place July 28 – August 1, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Waynesville. SummerVoice is open to singers in all area counties who will be entering 1st – 12th grades in the fall.  They will be divided into age groups to participate in a variety of musical experiences. 1st and 2nd graders can enjoy the half day program from 8:45-12:30 ($85 for the week).  Rising 3rd – 12th graders will experience full days of musical fun from 9am to 4:30 pm ($145 for the week).

Rising 1st and 2nd graders - 8:45 - Noon
Learning good singing habits through choral music in a variety of styles, including folk, classical, and the music from FROZEN.  A special music and movement class based on Dalcroze-Eurhythmics, and a choice of instrument lessons, and music games and crafts.

Rising 3rd - 5th graders- 9:00 - 4:00 (dismiss after noon performance on Friday)
Learning proper singing through singing choral music in a variety of styles and languages, as well as the music from FROZEN. music theory, music and movement class based on Dalcroze-Eurhythmics, choice of instrument lessons.

Rising 6th-12th graders - 9:00 - 4:00 (dismiss after noon performance on Friday)

Singing in several styles ranging from Renaissance to popular show choir/a cappella music as featured in the movie Pitch Perfect, as well as folk and more. Music class based on Dalcroze-Eurhythmics, choreography, and instrument lessons.
All age groups will participate in choir, Dalcroze-Eurhythmics class, and instrument lessons. Instrument lessons to choose from will be as follows:

  • beginning violin
  • advanced violin (string ensemble)
  • beginning or advanced piano
  • percussion
  • guitar

Older elementary and middle/high school age singers will also rotate through a daily Renaissance festival in which they will explore the choral music, drama, instrumental music, dance, costumes and art of the Renaissance era. All groups will play some kind of instrumental music on a full set of recorders, percussion, or strings.  This year, a talent show has been added where each participant is encouraged to perform as a soloist or in a small group in an act of his or her choice.

Snacks provided for all. Older elementary and middle/high school will need to bring a lunch.

Camp staff includes:  Martha Weathers Brown for choral music and Renaissance festival; Sadie McClure, beginning violin, Sarah Smith, String ensemble and Renaissance festival; David Merrell, guitar; Greg Neblett, percussion; Sheila Sumpter, choreography; Anna Watson, piano; Suzanne and Anne Saxon, Dalcroze-Eurhythmics and Renaissance Festival.

All groups will perform in a showcase at noon on Friday for parents and other community members.
Our goal with SummerVoice Music Camp is to give our participants a wide variety of musical activities that center around singing, the chance to explore their musical aptitude on instruments, and to experience the rich heritage of music, and how it has evolved. Every year has been different and fun, and we have added many new and exciting activities to not only enrich kids' lives, but to let them have fun doing it.


Campers will learn to sing with proper vocal technique and in two and three part harmony.  In addition, participants will select an instrument (piano, guitar, percussion, violin or a capella for the older kids).  Some choral numbers will include choreography.  The fun-filled week will end with a demonstration concert on Friday. The camp fee includes all music, snacks, professional instructors, a tee shirt...and 5 days of fun music-making!

Voices in the Laurel Summer will feature Martha Weathers Brown, founding Artistic Director of Voices in the Laurel and Anna Watson, piano instructor and accompanist for Voices in the Laurel.

Quotations from last year’s camp include:  “It is the best week of the summer…It’s awesome…I wish it was longer than a week!”   Space for SummerVoice is limited, so register online soon at, or call 828-734-9163.

Voices in the Laurel is a Haywood county based non-profit performance choir for young people ranging from 1st grade through 12th grade from Haywood, Buncombe, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties under the direction of Martha Brown.  For more information, visit