A TWO-WEEK, MUSICAL THEATRE AND VOICE WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG SINGERS, ACTORS AND DANCERS FROM ACROSS THE TRIANGLE
See scenes from Summer Glee 2016 (above)
See scenes from Summer Glee 2014
LOVE TO PERFORM? WANT TO BUILD YOUR SKILLS?
Now entering its eighth year, the Summer Glee workshop at UNC gives up to 50 young participants, from grades 6-9, a rare opportunity to explore this greatest of all American art forms; musical theatre.
Taught by an extraordinarily talented and dedicated team of teachers and artists, our summer students build their vocal skills and confidence through group and individual voice instruction, work with a choreographer and acting coach, and take masterclasses with guest teachers, all of whom have extensive musical theatre and Broadway experience.
Summer Glee offers an immersive, skill-building experience for young artists, in a safe and supportive environment. The workshop is also an opportunity to learn and perform music and scenes from Broadway shows like Matilda, Oliver, Hairspray, West Side Story, Wicked, Annie, Newsies, Into the Woods, The Sound of Music and many more…
In short, each young performer works to become a triple-threat, a singer, dancer and actor.
This unique program is directed by Sean Grier, co-director of choral activity at Durham School of the Arts, assisted by a team of voice, chorus and dance teachers (see Staff Biographies). Students and parents from past years speak of the sense of family, trust and community that is created, which allows for exploration and artistic risk-taking in a supportive environment, while also marveling at the level of professionalism and performance standard that is achieved each year.
The heart of the program is voice and singing; teaching young singers how to focus on the story and emotion within a song, learning how to deliver a performance that connects deeply and authentically with the performer and their audience. Students work in small ensemble groups and perform in solo masterclasses during which they receive feedback from their voice teachers. Each singer also takes private voice classes when they work on a song together that has been chosen individually for that singer. This is an opportunity for more experienced singers to attain new heights of achievement and vocal training, while new singers can begin to learn the basics of vocal technique. It is a chance to experience the joy of music and performance, sometimes for the first time.
While Summer Glee focuses on the voice, singers also learn that sound does not come just from the head, it comes from the whole body. Students work with a dance teacher/choreographer to connect their “instrument” to the movement and expression of their body, the home of the voice. Our choreographer helps students find the ease, relaxation and co-ordination needed to support them as singers, while the acting coach leads them in improvisation, trust and scene work. The full teaching team, in addition to our special guests offering masterclasses, lead the summer students toward their culminating, public performance on July 2oth at UNC; an opportunity to gleefully share all that they have learned.
See scenes from Summer Glee 2013
HOW DO I TAKE PART IN SUMMER GLEE?
New and returning students should REGISTER. All students will be contacted after registering and given a confirmed time for their vocal assessment, which will take place on the campus of UNC, Chapel Hill on April 21, 2018, and after that, by appointment with Sean Grier at Durham School of the Arts.
New students are encouraged to register regardless of experience. We are looking for participants, who love to sing, have a great attitude and want to improve their performance skills. This welcoming and supportive program is structured to be able to cater individually to students at all levels.
See scenes from Summer Glee 2012
WHAT IS THE VOCAL ASSESMENT PROCESS ON APRIL 21 FOR NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS?
New singers will be asked to sing the first verse and chorus from any ONE of the five songs listed below, OR may choose to sing the familiar song, “Happy Birthday”. All returning students who have previously participated in Saturday Glee Club or Summer Glee will have a vocal assessment with Sean Grier. The assessments allow Mr. Grier to hear each student on their own, and to assess their progress (if they are returning students), strengths and needs, as well as giving him the information to assign solo music for their individual voice classes. Please note that singers will be unaccompanied during the assessment. Links to performances of the songs are included, as well as links to sheet music for those students who may wish to use this for reference.
2. Consider Yourself from Oliver!
3. O What A Beautiful Mornin’ from Oklahoma!
4. Castle on the Cloud from Les Miserables
5. Getting to Know You from The King and I
During the vocal assessments, students should be prepared to answer a few questions about themselves, and to speak about their experience and love of music. This may include a discussion about their favorite musicals or singers, or any involvement in chorus programs, musicals or any other relevant theatrical or dance experiences. Program Director, Sean Grier, will test the pitch matching ability of each child, and their vocal range during the assessment. Please note, our staff work to create a warm, and non-intimidating assessment atmosphere for young, often nervous singers, while also encouraging all students to prepare to the best of their ability. Community Chorus Project reserves the right to not offer a place to a student.
The two-week program runs from July 9 - 20 on the campus of UNC at Chapel Hill, in the Kenan Music Building. The workshop meets from 10:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday, with an hour break for lunch.
The tuition fee for Summer Glee is $745 and includes all music and materials. Receipt of the tuition fee will confirm your student's place in the program, and may be paid when registering. Refunds can only be issued on medical grounds, and with a letter from a doctor. Tuition is due in full by May 15, 2018.
Community Chorus Project has a scholarship fund for students who receive free or reduced school lunches, or whose family provides other evidence of financial need. Families who are applying for a needs-‐based scholarship should return the the Scholarship Application Form as soon as possible, and in advance of the assessments. Awards are given on a “first come, first served basis", so please apply ASAP. We strive to ensure the inclusion of all students, and will work with families to ensure this goal.
ALL STUDENTS, NEW AND RETURNING, REGISTER HERE FOR SUMMER GLEE!