Are you looking for a fun way for your son or daughter
to give singing in a choir a try?
Our choir camp is a wonderful educational experience for kids who love music or singing. The camp is open to all children rising to grades 2 & up (unchanged boys voices only, please).
All are welcome - no prior singing, musical experience, or church affiliation needed. 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.
The camp is led by Scott Hayes, Director of Music at All Saints Church. Since 2016, Scott directs All Saints choirs - which include choirs for boys & girls, adults, and college students, involving more than 50 people on a weekly basis. Scott's education has focused on church music since a choir camp experience of his own while in middle school, and he continued on to study organ performance at Ohio Wesleyan University, Cedarville University, and Cleveland Institute of Music. He also is the Tonal Director for Muller Pipe Organ Company in Ohio, where he designs and voices new pipe organs.
Our composer-in-residence who will help us write our new hymn is Daniel Stipe, who also serves as All Saints Principal Organist. Daniel is in demand as a collaborative pianist in Richmond and beyond. He earned music degrees from the University of North Texas (Piano & Organ) and Westminster Choir College (Organ), and served as Director of Music at Richmond's Trinity Lutheran Church until 2017. Daniel also is a piano technician, and tunes throughout the Richmond area.
Our voice teachers for the week will be Anne O'Byrne & Jenna Anderson.
Irish Soprano Anne O’Byrne hails from Dublin, where, as a member of the Irish Radio Choir, she broadcast every week on national radio, before gaining scholarships to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. This led to a career in opera and concert which has taken her all over the world.
Jenna Anderson has enjoyed performing operatic roles such as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, the title role in Iolanthe, Mimi in La Boheme, Butterfly in Madama Butterfly, Adina in La Sonnambula, Anne in A Little Night Music, and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. She holds a degree in Vocal Performance from V.C.U., attended Manhattan School of Music for graduate studies, and the Morley College in London. She is an active member of the Richmond chapter of Classical Revolution and has performed on rock albums as well as live television with the BBC. A great devotee of lieder and art song, she has performed recitals in the U.S. and the United Kingdom.
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! When you register your child, you can select either "All week" or "Daily" registration types.
What is the Choir Camp Schedule and what will they do each day?
The schedule Monday - Friday (9 AM - 4 PM) includes musical activities and games in the AM, and a fun excursion to bowl, play laser tag and mini-golf, roller skating, & the trampoline park. The full draft schedule is here! (Subject to change!)
On Saturday evening (5 - 10 PM), we'll sing the National Anthem for the Richmond Kickers home game (all are welcome!).
On Sunday (9 AM - 8 PM), we'll gather to be "the choir" for worship at All Saints. Following church, we'll have lunch and head to Kings Dominion for an exciting afternoon!
How Much Does the Camp Cost?
Full Week Registration (includes all lunches, Kickers & Kings Dominion): $220
Daily Registration (includes lunch and all the day's activities)
Monday - Friday Registration: $30/day
Saturday - $12 (plus food/snack money)
Sunday - $45 (plus food/snack money)
Family & Friend Tickets for Kickers & Kings Dominion (all are welcome!)
Kickers - Saturday, 8/19 - $12/person
Kings Dominion - Sunday, 8/20 - $45/person
Financial aid is available. Contact Scott Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804.288.7811 for more information.