Vocal Camp

Vocal Camp

Vocal Camp 

The Rowan Choral Vocal Camp offers students (grades 8-12) an opportunity to study with fine choral and vocal technicians and conductors. Over five days, musicians study quality repertoire privately and in ensembles, participate in master classes, and prepare a culminating concert. The camp is designed to both challenge advanced singers who have extensive honor choir experience and nurture students at the beginning of exploring the capabilities of his or her own voice.

Curriculum includes sight-reading, musicianship, music theory, class piano, small and large ensembles, group vocal technique, master classes, performances, and presentations on music careers. In addition, students will also be given the opportunity to take electives in various areas of music. Evening events feature performances by camp faculty and students themselves, performing with each other and the faculty.

Additional social activities include an ice cream social, game nights, and other team-building activities. Students will quickly feel a welcome member of the musical environment.

Camp activities take place in Wilson Hall Music Building: Pfleeger Concert Hall, Boyd Recital Hall, Rehearsal and practice rooms. Students will be housed in air-conditioned Rowan University housing and will eat in the newly renovated Student Center Dining Hall. Dormitory and campus supervision will be provided by Rowan University Staff and Rowan University Campus Security.

Open to: Students Grades 9-12 (Ages 14-18)

When: Monday - Thursday; July 17-21, 2022

Commuter Tuition: $625.00

Resident Tuition: $725.00

Registration coming soon! 

 

...The camp changed my whole understanding of what choral singing really can be. I can't wait to go home andshare my "new voice" with my family and choir director...

-2019 Choral Vocal Camper

   
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    

Dr. Christopher Thomas, Director

Christopher B. Thomas is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, Artistic Director of the 130+ voice Greater South Jersey Chorus in Haddonfield, NJ, and past-president of the New Jersey chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association (NJACDA). 

At Rowan University, Dr. Thomas oversees four curricular choirs comprised of over two-hundred singers. He conducts the Rowan University Concert Choir, the flagship choral ensemble of the department of music; Voces, a chamber ensemble which performs early, contemporary, and improvisatory projects, and University Chorus, which is open to both music majors and students across campus. Additionally, Dr. Thomas teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral conducting and choral literature. Under his direction, choirs at Rowan University have performed at regional and state conferences of ACDA and NJMEA and internationally on tours throughout Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Poland.  Recent highlights of the choral program have included a successful 2019 Tenor|Bass Festival which hosted over 1400 young tenors and basses, a performance by the Concert Choir for the 2020 Eastern Division ACDA conference in Rochester, NY in the beautiful Hochstein School of Music, performing The Here and Now, a multi-movement setting of texts by Rumi, scored for choir and wind ensemble by American composer Christopher Theofanidis, serving as the chorus for the Rowan Opera Company’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, and a collaboration with the University Orchestra in a presentation of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and Jake Runestad’s Dreams of the Fallen, a setting of texts by veterans of the Iraq war.

And while it is indulgent to ruminate on the quality and depth of experiences prior to March 2020, the choirs have recently been discovering the importance of community music making through a combination of masked rehearsals, performances, and virtual work.  While we have no recent impressive major works, performance venues, or tales of travel to boast upon, we do have a greater appreciation for one another, the power of singing together, and will never again take for granted the unmasked faces of those among us.

Dr. Thomas has twice been invited to serve as assistant conductor and instructor for the Varna International Music Academy, culminating in performances of The Creation by Joseph Haydn and Mozart’s Requiem in opera houses throughout Bulgaria.  Domestically, guest conducting engagements including all-state and regional honor choruses have taken him to Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. His work as a guest conductor is consistently recognized as energetic, inspiring, enthusiastic, and inclusive of all levels of experience and ability.

In addition to his academic positions, Dr. Thomas is in his fifth season as the Artistic Director of the Greater South Jersey Chorus, which collaborates with regional orchestras and guest musicians to present major works in addition to stand-alone performances. Under his leadership the choir has grown in size and stature.  Recent performances have included Beethoven Ninth Symphony, Puccini Messa di Gloria, James Whitbourn Annelies, Handel Messiah, Haydn Creation, Mozart Solemn Vespers, Respighi Laud to the Nativity, Vivaldi Gloria, and Conrad Susa Carols and Lullabies.

Dr. Thomas studied music education at Millikin University with Dr. Brad Holmes and earned his graduate degrees in Choral Conducting at the University of Arizona under the direction of Dr. Bruce Chamberlain.  Chris lives in Glassboro, NJ with his two beautiful children Greyson and Elandra “Ella” who both love to laugh and are known to throw impressive impromptu living room dance parties.