REGISTER NOW FOR SUMMER RECORDING WORKSHOP 2019
Auditions for new students and vocal assessments for returning students will be held on April 27, 2019 at UNC Chapel Hill.
Workshop dates: June 23 - June 28
SPEND A WEEK SINGING, RECORDING AND ARRANGING. THIS UNIQUE CHORUS PERFORMS AT THE CAT'S CRADLE BACK ROOM AND RECORDS IN A PROFESSIONAL STUDIO.
Since 2011, Community Chorus Project has given young singers (grades 9-12) an opportunity to take part in a weeklong summer recording workshop. Rising 9th grade students are welcome to apply, as are singers who will be graduating seniors. The program is run in collaboration with the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was begun with an Innovations Fund grant from UNC’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Be sure to take a look at some of the past recordings by our students below. We think you will be impressed!
The Summer Recording Workshop brings together the best high school singers in the area for a week-long, immersive musical experience. Students improve their performance and vocal technique while learning from a staff of professional musicians and teachers. As well as having opportunities to record, make videos and perform live, participants also enjoy daily open mic sessions that let them showcase their own work. Students take classes in subjects ranging from arranging and songwriting to home recording. The workshop culminates in a showcase performance on June 28 at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, one of the area’s premier live music venues.
If you love to sing and have a passion for large group, small group or solo singing then this is the workshop for you. Join us at UNC to create a wonderful summer chorus!
Students in the Summer Recording Workshop have recorded and performed songs by Fun, Tracy Chapman, The Kinks, David Byrne with St.Vincent, Justin Timberlake, REM, Adele, Arcade Fire, Band of Horses and The Jackson 5. Their work has been featured on R.E.M’s website and Facebook page, as well as The Kink’s Facebook page. More than 100,000 people have seen our summer choruses; on YouTube Tube – watch here!
Our fabulous and talented staff include sNYC based choral director Marianne Cheng who directs the workshop, along with producer Colin Egan and Durham School of the Arts chorus teacher, Kellen Moss. (see biographies)
HOW DO I JOIN THE SUMMER RECORDING WORKSHOP?
Returning singers who have taken part in the recording workshop previously REGISTER HERE and are required to attend an in-person, vocal assessment with Marianne Cheng in the Kenan Music Building on the campus of UNC - Chapel Hill on Saturday, April 27. Places in the workshop are limited and will be filled on a “first come, first served” basis.
New singers should REGISTER HERE to audition. Admission to the workshop is by audition only. Auditions with program director Marianne Cheng will be held in the Kenan Music Building on the campus of UNC -Chapel Hill on Saturday, April 27.
New singers will be asked to sing a chorus and verse of any contemporary or pop-based song that showcases their voice well and that they can sing comfortably from memory. We suggest that singers select a song that is in a key that is most comfortable for their voice, and be prepared to sing unaccompanied. During the audition, singers will be asked a few questions about their interest in music and experience as a singer. Sample questions may include “Have you sung in choirs, shows, or bands before?”; “What voice part(s) did you sing?”; “Do you play any musical instruments?”; “Tell us a bit about your background”; “Have you any experience beatboxing, stepping, or dancing?”; “Have you ever written or arranged music, or would you like to in the future?”
Students will be contacted within 48 hours of their audition and told whether they will be offered a place in the workshop. Singers who are unable to attend the audition on April 27 may submit a video. Please contact Lauren Hodge by email if your student wishes to submit a filmed audition: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Summer Recording Workshop will run from June 23 - June 28 in the Kenan Music Building on the campus of UNC - Chapel Hill. Singers attend classes and rehearsals from 10:00 a.m. - 5 p.m., with an hour for lunch. On Sunday, June 23, we will meet from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. for music distribution, introductions, and initial questions. The final performance is on June 28 at Cat's Cradle Back Room in Carrboro.
Tuition for the Summer Recording Workshop is $485 which includes all music and materials. Parents of returning students must pay a deposit of $150 to confirm their student’s place in the program. Tuition may be paid in full at the time of registration. Alternatively, parents may pay the deposit when registering their child, and pay the balance of tuition fees no later than May 15. Parents of new students should wait to pay tuition until their singer has been offered a place in the workshop. Refunds can only be issued on medical grounds, with a letter from a doctor. Tuition and deposit payments may be made HERE.
Community Chorus Project has a limited scholarship fund for students who receive free or reduced school lunches, or whose family provide evidence of financial need. Families who are applying for a need-based scholarship should return the Scholarship Application Form as soon as possible.
For further information, contact Lauren Hodge at email@example.com or 919 428 1597.