A week-long, intensive choral experience for high school students begins this coming Sunday as participants in the All-State Choir Camp at Hardin-Simmons University arrive to polish skills required to be selected for one of the most prestigious choirs in the state.
One of the interesting aspects of the summer choir camp is that many of these students come from high schools that compete against one another in sports during the school year. During this first week of summer, students combine to sing together and perform a final rousing concert at 3 p.m., June 27, 2013, in the Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall on the HSU campus.
Under the batons of HSU conductors Dr. Clell Wright and Dr. Dee Romines, campers will rehearse with clinicians from prominent choir programs from across the state and train with the HSU voice faculty.
Dr. Clell Wright, Hardin-Simmons University director of choral activities and Logsdon Endowed Chair of Church Music, along with Dr. Dee Romines, associate professor of music education and director of HSU Chorale, started the summer camp for high school students because they felt many students being selected for the All-State Choir were coming from larger cities in Texas.
“There are so many opportunities for students in larger areas to polish their vocal skills,” says Wright. “All-State Choir Camp offers students in West Texas the opportunity to learn the All-State Choir music during a rigorous, week-long residential summer camp, and our number of campers keeps growing every year,” says Wright, adding that quite a few students who have attended the camp have gone on to make All-State Choir.
Wright says competition for the All-State Choir is rigorous and extremely competitive. “The HSU camp offers the first look at the music selections the students will use as they compete.”
Students attending the camp this coming week will be learning from a wide variety of clinicians who come from programs statewide. Students also learn skills from HSU professors, all with doctorates in various vocal performance areas.
At the end of the week students perform the skills they learned in a free concert in the Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall at 3 p.m., Thursday, June 27, 2013.
Wright says about 500 students will be chosen for state three choirs, which make up the All-State Choir. “Thousands of students compete,” he says. “While many of the students chosen for the choir in the past have come from the Metroplex and other large cities, now many of our students are having an impact. That’s what we want to do at this camp, provide instruction to our Big Country students to make sure more of them go all the way to state.”
The HSU All-State Choir Camp starts Sunday, June 23, 2013, and runs through Thursday, June 27. The final concert is free and open to anyone interested in supporting choir students from a variety of choirs throughout the Big Country.