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VOCAL ARTS CAMP

for High School Students

July 8-13, 2018

Registration extended to July 6!

VanderCook's Vocal Arts Camp summer program concentrates on the most crucial aspects of vocal performance, designed to help young voices reach their fullest potential. Led by veteran choral music educators and performers, this weeklong day camp provides voice lessons, daily master classes and workshops.
 
Classes will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at VanderCook College of Music, with a short orientation on Sunday, July 8. Lunch will be provided daily. The week culminates in a camp-student performance and field trip to Millennium Park for a musical theatre concert.
 
Tuition is $500.00 for the week, and includes program fee, materials and daily lunch.
 
Registration form here.
 

Courses & Activities

Yoga for Singers:  Guided by a certified Yoga instructor, students will discover how yoga can help align the body, expand breath support, and free the voice.
 
Body Awareness for Singers with Angela Korbitz:  Through guided activities, students will learn about various body awareness disciplines that improve posture and resonance. 
 
Musical Theatre Master Class with Carla Stickler:  Sharing her expertise in musical theatre style singing, Carla Stickler will work with the students on vocal technique and interpretation for stage performance.  
 
Vocal Techniques with Joseph Martorano:  In a master class setting, students will work on vocal technique, diction and style.
 
Sight-Singing with Ron Korbitz:  Students will study notation, rhythm, solfeggio, major and minor scales, arpeggios, key signatures and harmonization. 
 
Vocal Technique and the Art of Practicing:  Students will explore efficient ways to practice, the importance of setting goals, and how to track progress.
 
Vocal Health Workshop with Angela Korbitz:  Tips and tools for keeping the voice healthy during the busiest time of the year. 
 
Choir will rehearse 3-4 pieces for the final day's performance. Rehearsals will involve all aspects of vocal techniques, including sight-singing and body awareness.
 
Registration form here.
 

Camp Schedule

By June 25th, students will have received music and start practicing.  
 
Sunday, July 8th at 3:00 p.m.:  Registration and meet 'n' greet session 
 
Camp Week, July 9th- July 13th:  Classes meet from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 
Friday, July 13th:  Student concert at 3:30 p.m.; following the performance, faculty, students and parents depart for a Broadway concert at Millennium  Park. 
 
 

 

Monday,
July 9

Tuesday,
July 10

Wednesday,
July 11

Thursday,
July 12

Friday,
July 13

9:00

Yoga for Singers

Yoga for Singers

Musical Theatre Master Class

Yoga for Singers

Yoga for Singers

10:30

Vocal Mechanism/ Choral Conducting

Body Awareness for Singers

Vocal Mechanism/ Choral Conducting

Body Awareness for Singers

Vocal Mechanism/ Choral Conducting

11:30

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

12:30

Vocal Techniques

Vocal Techniques

Vocal Techniques

Sight-Singing

Sight-Singing 

1:30

Choir

Choral Methods

Choir 

Choral Methods 

Choir 

2:30

Sight-Singing

Sight-Singing 

Sight-Singing 

Vocal Technique & the Art of Practicing

Break

3:30

Musical Theatre

Vocal Technique & the Art of Practicing 

Musical Theatre 

Vocal Health: Tips and Tools

Final Performance

5:00

 

 

 

 

Depart for Millennium Park

 
 
Interested students must apply online no later than June 15, 2018. Applications must include:
  • YouTube link(s) to video recording of at least one art song or musical theatre selection 
  • Résumé of your accomplishments 
  • Repertoire list
  • $25.00 application fee (applicable towards tuition)
Students entering grades 9-12 are eligible to apply.
 

Meet the Instructors

Presutti_Korbitz,_Angela_headshotAngela Presutti Korbitz has been with VanderCook since 1994. She has a bachelor of music degree in voice performance from the University of Illinois, and a master of music degree in voice performance and pedagogy from Roosevelt University. Korbitz has also studied at the International School of Vocal Arts in Chiari (Italy) and the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh (England). She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras and choruses including Grant Park, Park Ridge Civic, the Naples Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Korbitz has also recorded Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera for Lakeshore Records.  She is a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus and the Grant Park Chorus. Her work in art song and chamber music has been featured on WFMT radio.
 
 
 
 
 
Korbitz,_Ron_headshot_2015Ron Korbitz earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from VanderCook College of Music. Korbitz is on faculty at Hill Middle School in Naperville, where he directs three curricular grade-level choirs, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, teaches general music, and co-directs the annual school musical. His Eighth Grade Chorus was invited to perform at the 2015 Illinois Music Educators Conference (IMEC) and his Women’s Chorus was invited to perform at the 2017 IMEC. Prior to his tenure at Hill, Korbitz taught K-5 general music and chorus for 22 years, first in Palos District 117 and then at Brookdale Elementary in Naperville. He is also currently the Associate Conductor for the Ragazze Ensemble of Spirito Singers, a 100-voice chorus for girls in grades 5-8. In 2006, Korbitz joined the faculty at VanderCook where he teaches Methods of Teaching Children’s Choir and serves as an advisor for graduate research projects. He also worked with Anima Young Singers-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus for four years, initially in the KidSingers program and then as the conductor for the Concert Chorus.  He has presented numerous clinics and sessions for ILMEA and the IL chapter of ACDA. He regularly serves as an adjudicator for IGSMA and is in demand throughout the region as a festival clinician and guest conductor. Korbitz is a member of NAfME, ILMEA and ACDA, where he currently serves on the board as the Youth Choir Repertoire and Resource Chair.
 
 
Krupa,_Mary_Ann_headshot_2013Mary Ann Krupa has been a collaborative artist, music director and teacher for over 40 years. She has worked with professional theatre companies in Chicago; at the Goodman School of Drama as a staff pianist; at various colleges, community theatres and high schools; and as music director and arranger for the CAST (Communication, Art, Speech and Theatre) Program at Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park. She has also accompanied workshops for the Educational Theatre Association’s International Thespian Festival, and arranged and wrote original music for children’s theatre and revues for the Open Door Repertory Theater of Oak Park. Krupa was on the faculty of the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, as well as at VanderCook College of Music, where she taught, piano, theory, and created the Musical Theatre Workshop course. Currently based in California, she continues to work with children’s theatre of local companies, and teaches the online Theory Review course for VanderCook.
 
 
Martorano,_Joe_headshot_2017Joseph Martorano received his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Michigan. Post-graduate opera apprentice programs in Italy and Austria allowed him to study with opera legends such as Tito Gobbi, Mignon Dunn and George Shirley. Martorano was a 25-year resident artist with Lyric Opera of Chicago, and for four years with the Chicago Symphony Chorus. He has performed throughout the Midwest with numerous regional orchestras. Martorano has been at VanderCook since 2001, and currently teaches courses in Applied Voice, Vocal Techniques, Vocal Diction, Solo Vocal Repertoire, and Musical Theatre. He spent over 30 years teaching applied voice to high school students in three Chicago-area schools, having previously taught at Mansfield State University in Pennsylvania, and in the All-State Voice Program at National Music Camp, Interlochen, Michigan. Martorano began his work for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1980. Under the mentoring of Richard Proulx, he served as a member of the Holy Name Cathedral Chamber Singers and a cantor soloist until 1985. He has held various music ministry positions in five parishes throughout his music ministerial career, and has been Director of Music at St. Alphonsus in Lemont, Illinois since 1998.
 
 
Sinclair,_Robert_headshot_2016Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. Robert L. Sinclair has served VanderCook as Director of Choral Activities since 2001. His educational background includes three years at Luther College, where he sang in the Nordic Choir under the direction of Weston Noble. After transferring to Sam Houston State University, he completed his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees with B.R. Henson. In December of 2000, Dr. Sinclair completed a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction (music education) at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he worked with Drs. David Rayl and Wendy Sims. Dr. Sinclair has 10 years of public school teaching experience and has presented sessions to the Music Educators Associations of Illinois, Ohio, Missouri and Texas, the Illinois Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), as well as the Southwestern and Southern Divisions of ACDA. He continues to work as an active choral clinician and adjudicator for junior high and high school students from across the nation and abroad, including honor choirs in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, and Japan in addition to all-state choirs in Illinois and Wisconsin. Dr. Sinclair is an active member of ACDA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Fraternity, and the National Association for Music Education.  
 
 
Stickler,_Carla_headshot_2018_CROPSinger, actor and teacher Carla Stickler is best known for her performances as Elphaba on Broadway and in the touring production of Wicked. In addition to numerous Broadway national tours, she has performed throughout Asia and Canada, and has headlined as a guest entertainer for the Norwegian Cruise Lines and Disney Cruise Lines. She is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, and holds a master’s degree from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education in theatre education in college and communities. She teaches master classes in vocal performance and vocal health across the U.S. and maintains a private voice studio. She has worked closely with the Educational Theatre Association and spent four years attending the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, NE, as a teaching artist and guest performer.
 
 
For more information, contact Angela Presutti Korbitz at 630.207.9196 or apresutti@vandercook.edu.
 

 

 

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Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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