August 15-21, 2022

Are you looking for a way for your son or daughter to give singing in a choir a try?  Do you need something for them to do one of the last weeks of the summer?  Our choir camp is a fun, educational experience for kids who love music or singing. The camp is open to all children grades 2 & up (unchanged boys voices only, please). All are welcome - no prior singing, musical experience, or church affiliation needed.


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Who comes to choir camp?

Our choir camp is designed to be fun for any child with an interest in music.  Some come to the camp with no musical experience, while others play an instrument or have sung elsewhere. Some sing in one of our choirs at All Saints.  All that is required is a willingness to try new things (and maybe be a little silly) and a desire to learn about singing!


Who runs the camp?

The camp is sponsored by All Saints Episcopal Church, which has a long tradition of choirs for children, with a Boys Choir founded in 1899 and a Girls Choir founded in 1962. allsaintsrvamusic.com.png
The camp is led by Scott Hayes, Director of Music at All Saints Church.  Scott leads the choirs at the church, runs the youth group, and you can occasionally find him fixing something around the building!  While studying the organ, he always looked at it as a path to working with church choirs.  Later on, he fell in love with working with children's choirs - which eventually led him to All Saints Church.  His eight year old daughter recently began singing in the choir - which always makes for some "chaos" - though the girl can sing!

Our voice teachers for the week are John Bitsas and Keely Borland. All campers will have a few opportunities to work with these fabulous musicians!

John Bitsas came to Richmond last year after completing a Masters at Boston Conservatory, where he received his Masters of Music in Opera Performance. He has sung with Boston Opera Collaborative, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Crested Butte Opera Studio, and Emmanuel Music. John is currently a student at VCU (a non-musical degree this time!), and a staff singer at All Saints Church.

Praised for her 'requisite emotion, physically as well as vocally' (ShowBizRadio), Keely Bosworth Borland is quickly establishing herself as a dynamic lyric coloratura soprano.  Ms. Borland has been a Young Artist at Fargo-Moorhead Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, and Charlottesville Opera (formerly Ash Lawn Opera) as well as a Professional Artist at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, SongFest, and the Opera Naples’ inaugural Renata Scotto Opera Program. Keely currently resides in Richmond, VA with her partner as they convert a Retired Air Force Bus into their new tiny home on wheels.

On Sunday morning, the choir camp kids will sing with All Saints "Summer Choir", which is made up of a quartet of staff singers, plus other volunteers who will come together to offer music and lead congregational singing. While this might seem intimidating, we'll make it fun and easy!

 

What Does a Day a Choir Camp Look Like?


Monday - Friday hours are 9:00 - 4:00 PM. Saturday hours are 7:00 - 8:30 PM and Sunday hours are 9:00 AM - Noon.  (King's Dominion trip is after church on Sunday - we'll return to the church about 8:00 PM)  

This year's camp will be a little different than in the past!  We'll have a "theme of the day", which features special guests who will bring each day' to life.  Among the themes are:  


- Singing & Vocal Technique: How singing works and what you can do as a singer led by Scott Hayes & John Bitsas.


- Organ Day:  We'll explore the two pipe organs at All Saints, plus a few other instruments at nearby churches - River Road Presbyterian Church & River Road Church, Baptist.


- Music & Art in Church: Why do we sing in church, and what does it mean? What does the art work in churches mean? Led by All Saints' Interim Rector, the Rev. Penny Nash


Each afternoon, Monday - Friday, we'll have a non-musical activity!  

What COVID safety measures will be in effect?

At this stage, choir camp will be "mask optional".  Your child is welcome to wear a mask if you feel that is best, but it is not required.  


Does my child need to attend each day?

No, but we encourage multiple day participation so that they get to be a real part of the group and enjoy the full experience!  


What is the Choir Camp Schedule?

Click here for the most current choir camp schedule!


How Much Does the Camp Cost? 

The suggested donation varies depending on the day, and financial assistance is available:

Monday- Friday (8/15-8/19) - $30/day

Saturday (8/20) & Sunday (8/21) - Free (except for King's Dominion trip).  

Sunday King's Dominion Trip (leaving after church):

Family & friends are invited along to King's Dominion.  If you need tickets, the group ticket price is $38 per person. If you have your own family pass, you are welcome to use it. Food is not included, but there are plenty of options available in the park!    14079479_327068554302849_1116344661406192108_n.jpg


Can I help with the camp?

Yes, we need adult help during the camp!  We need help with supervision, food, set-up, & some administrative work. If you would like to help, please check the box on your child's registration form, or let us know at shayes@allsaintsrichmond.org.  A "Sign-Up Genius" will be created as we near the date of the camp.  


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