The St. Charles Singers Sing! Workshop for Teens is an event that happens every summer. I am the director for this 1-day workshop and I’m hoping you will consider encouraging your students to attend this summer. I’ve attached a flyer for you to look at and possibly send to your students. This workshop is a 1-day “camp” experience for high school singers (students who have completed 8th grade through those who have completed their senior year) that includes small ensemble singing and solo coaching, if desired. I have seen how students have bonded with students outside of their schools through this singing experience and how fulfilled they feel at the end of this day.
The date of the workshop is Thursday, July 21, 2022. The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 6:15 p.m. with a free concert for friends and family. The cost is $70 for the workshop (the price goes up to $80 after June 1). Optional solo coaching is $25. Sing! is held at Baker United Methodist Church in St. Charles, IL.
On the day of Sing!, singers will gather together with games and a good warm-up. They will then move on to small ensemble work with their director who will teach 2-3 pieces. Later, the small ensembles will combine to form one large ensemble and will rehearse 2-3 more pieces.
Students may also choose solo coaching. They will bring a piece of solo music and one of our coaches will work with them, giving them vocal suggestions.
The directors of all of the ensembles are renowned throughout the Chicagoland area and might be colleagues that you know:
Bryan Kunstman, choir director at Kaneland High School
Monica Bertrand, choir director at St. Charles East High School
Laura Johnson, choir director at Glenbard North High School
Michael Thoms, Professional Choral Musician
Jen Gingrich, Professional Choral Musician
All of these directors are veteran choral directors and know the Sing! program well. They know how to make the time fun for the singers and how to give the singers a musical experience. I’ve also been a director for this program in the past and I strongly believe in the value of this unique program.
1. Most students don’t get a chance to work with their choirs during the summer and this workshop gives them the singing “boost” that they truly are looking for.
2. This program is only one day, unlike other summer music camps. Since students don’t always have the ability to be gone from jobs and activities for a week, this workshop fits their schedules well.
3. It’s affordable. Most week-long camps are quite expensive. And, seniors don’t feel like they are spending a large amount of their valuable college money for a camp. If a student would like to attend, but truly can’t afford the cost, we offer full and half scholarships.
4. Solo coaching is also available for an additional cost. Students can work one-on-one with an expert in solo singing.
If your students are interested in participating in Sing!, please have them scan the QR code on the flyer, or they can go to stcharlessingers.com and click on the Sing! tab. They can sign up immediately!
Thank you so much for spreading the word! If you or your students have any questions, please feel free to contact me through this email or through the web site. I wish you the best in our remaining weeks of school!
Sing! Workshop for Teens Director