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About the EMC Choir Camp

The Choir Camp is open to students entering the 7th through 12th grades. This camp is designed to meet the needs of those students who are interested in singing choral music, providing an instructional and educational experience for both beginners and more advanced students in a collaborative, supportive and interactive environment. Students will perform a wide variety of choral compositions by significant composers from early classics to notable contemporary works.

Vocal Placement

While Choir Camp singers do not audition, they do have a vocal placement on registration day. Singers will be checked for vocal range, timbre, and sight-reading skills. No one should worry about the vocal placement. It is designed to make sure singers are placed on the choral part that is best for their vocal production. While singers are not expected to bring a solo, you may do so. If you desire to sing a solo please remember to bring the piano accompaniment along with you to the vocal placement.

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Talent Show Choir Solo

There will be an audition for the talent show (an accompanist will be provided)!


Campers may choose from several workshops and clinics. Some topics may include the following:

  • Jazz Appreciation
  • Music Theory
  • Music Technology
  • How to Practice
  • Performance skills
  • a complete list can be found in the application

About the Choir Camp Faculty

Richard Rossi

Dr. Richard Robert Rossi is a native of Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, Richard grew up in Virginia Beach, VA, where he began to carry on a family tradition of making great music. His father, Anthony F. Rossi, studied opera at the Julliard School of Music and sang professionally in a number of Broadway musicals. In fact, Anthony met his soon-to-be bride, Barbara Winfield, while the couple toured together in the Broadway touring production of South Pacific.

(read Dr. Rossi's full biography here)

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Doudna Fine Arts Center
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

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