2019 Vocal Arts Camp

for High School Students

July 1-3, 2019

Registration Ends June 10!

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 Wednesday at VanderCook College of Music. Lunch will be provided daily. The camp culminates with a student performance on Wednesday, July 3 at 4:30pm. 

Courses & Activities

Body Awareness for Singers with Angela Korbitz: Through guided activities, students learn about various body awareness disciplines that improve posture and resonance.  
Vocal Techniques with Joseph Martorano: In a master class setting, students work on vocal technique, diction and style.
Sight-Singing with Ron Korbitz: Students study notation, rhythm, solfeggio, major and minor scales, arpeggios, key signatures, and harmonization. 
Vocal Technique and the Art of Practicing: Students 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 rehearse 3-4 pieces for the final day's performance. Rehearsals involve all aspects of vocal techniques, including sight-singing and body awareness.
Presutti_Korbitz,_Angela_headshotAngela Presutti Korbitz joined VanderCook in 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 (BMEd '90, MMEd '96) is on faculty at Hill Middle School in Naperville, where he directs three curricular grade-level choirs, men’s chorus, and women’s chorus. He 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, then at Brookdale Elementary in Naperville. He is also 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, then as the conductor for the Concert Chorus. He has presented numerous clinics and sessions for ILMEA and the Illinois 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.
Joseph Martorano
Applied Voice; Musical Theatre
Joseph 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 taught VanderCook students since 2001, and currently teaches courses in Applied Voice, Vocal Techniques, Vocal Diction, Solo Vocal Repertoire, and Musical Theatre. He spent more than 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 Academy in 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. 
Dr. Robert L. Sinclair
Graduate Dean, Director of Choral Music Activities


Dean 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, Sinclair completed his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees with B.R. Henson. In December 2000 Sinclair completed a PhD. in curriculum and instruction (music education) at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he worked with Drs. David Rayl and Wendy Sims.

Sinclair has 10 years of public school teaching experience, and 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. 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.  

For more information, contact Angela Presutti Korbitz at 630.207.9196 or apresutti@vandercook.edu.


VanderCook College of Music - (312) 225-6288