Session Date: July 27-August 2, 2014
Grades: 7 – 12
The schedule for the week is as follows:
Sunday, 2 pm – 5 pm
Monday - Wednesday, 9 am – 4:30 pm (4:30 pm Magic Company Auditions)
Thursday & Friday, 9 am – 3:30 pm; 7pm – 10 pm
Saturday, 9 am – 3:30 pm; 7:30 pm Grand Finale Show – ticket required
Tickets may be purchased through the Macomb Center’s Box Office 586.286.2222 or online www.MacombCenter.com/Events.
This outstanding program, allows students to put their singing, dancing and acting skills together in a review of popular musical numbers! In this week-long workshop, students will have the opportunity to learn about vocal technique, song interpretation and dance from top-rated professional choreographers and vocal coaches. Hard work and camaraderie will result in artistic and personal growth. Students will also have an opportunity to audition for solos in the spectacular production performed on Macomb Center’s main stage ! This exceptional program offers exciting learning opportunities, a fun atmosphere where life-long friendships are made and culminates in a Broadway-style performance at the end of the week!
Some choir experience and singing ability helpful. All experience levels are accepted. In most instances, full mobility is required to appear in all choreographed numbers.
A limited number of scholarships are available through your school vocal music teacher. See your teacher for details. All state certified vocal music teachers currently teaching school music may attend for half tuition.
Registration Fee: $250 REGISTER NOW
Early Bird Discount if Paid in Full by June 6, 2014: $230
Registration remains open until start of workshop, based on availability.
Cancellation must be made 3 weeks prior to start of the workshop to receive a refund minus $75.
About the Staff
Director: Harvey Kahl
Artistic Director & Choreographer: Andy Haines
Instructors: Annette Laymen, James D. Smith, Kevin Butler and Duane Shields Davis
Harvey Kahl, Jr. joined the staff of Macomb Community College in 1985. In addition to the Show Choir Workshop, Harvey directs The Macombers - MCC's prestigious college show choir and is staff accompanist for the college choral and voice programs. He received a BM in Piano Performance from Wayne State University where he also studied voice and organ. Harvey also serves as organist for the First United Methodist Church of Farmington and has been active in church music since 1980.
Mr. Kahl has many professional musical theater credits at Detroit’s Gem Theatre including music direction for Respect – A Musical Journey of Women; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; and Plaid Tidings for which he is currently nominated for the 2011 Wilde Award for best music direction. His next upcoming project is as music director for a new production of the 2009 musical Daddy Long Legs opening in September, 2011 at the Gem.
Andy Haines has been a free-lance Choreographer for the past 21 years. After finishing a BA from Ohio State University, he began a career as a performer and choreographer in musical theater productions as well as choreographing Miss America State Pageants. Andy has been quite active on the show choir circuit for a number of years. Broughton High School "Carolina Spirit," Findlay High School "First Edition," Grosse Pointe South High School "Pointe Singers," and Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School "West Side Delegation" are groups currently performing his choreography. These groups have all been consistent finalists in top competitions around the country, and at one time or another, have been named Grand Champions of Showstoppers National and International Competitions eight times in the past nine years. This is Andy's 22nd year at Macomb's Show Choir Workshop.
From Durham, NC, Annette Layman is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has completed work in dance education at UNC-Greensboro and Meredith College. In 1989 she was hired to establish and direct the dance program at C.E. Jordan High School in Durham for 9th through 12th grades. After three years in public education, Annette began a freelance career in 1992 and has choreographed and adjudicated for schools and other educational organizations from coast to coast including the Brightleaf Music Workshop in North Carolina, Showchoir Camps of America in Illinois and Ohio, the Southern Utah Performing Arts Festival, FAME Events of Arizona and the Butler Summer Showcase in Kansas.
In addition, she served as staff choreographer for Goingbarefoot Productions as well as adjudicator and clinician for various show choir festivals around the county and choreographer of the Durham Public Schools' auditioned group, "Spotlight." In March 2001 she was privileged to make a presentation on choreography for the middle school/junior high school choir at the American Choral Directors' Association national convention in San Antonio.
Annette's work involves kids from 7 to 70 and has included other projects such as "The Duke Children's Hospital Celebrity Classic" with honorary chairman, Perry Como, and then Jeff Foxworthy, the re-opening celebration of Durham's historic Carolina Theater, directing past years productions of the "Duke Show" and working on other events for the Duke University Medical Center. Currently she is busy working on her new organization, Arts Mission, a non-profit dedicated to enriching lives through the positive impact of the arts. Its two main projects are the summer music workshops "Sing Out" for rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, and "Next Stage," for middle through high school aged students, both in Durham.
J. Kevin Butler, a graduate of Indiana University, is a highly respected clinician, adjudicator and choral director. He has served as Associate Director of the Indiana University Singing Hoosiers, Musical Director for the Chicago Children's Choir and at numerous high schools in Indiana. Mr. Butler has served on the staffs of many summer music camps including the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic, Macomb Show Choir Workshop, Brightleaf Music Workshop and the internationally known, Show Choir Camps of America.
Mr. Butler is an active soloist and musical theater performer in Indianapolis, IN, performing roles in musicals such as The Wizard of Oz, Sweeney Todd, Li'l Abner, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Annie and 1776. He is the author of a manuscript on the history of the American Musical Theater and a show choir production manual. He serves as the artistic director for the Indianapolis Men's Chorus and is a respected private voice teacher and vocal coach.
Christopher D. Pratt is a 1995 graduate of Center Grove High School. He obtained a BS in Music Education (2000) from Ball State University and a MS in Educational Leadership (2011) from Indiana University.
During college Chris spent three years performing with Millikin University's Singing Blue; was President for two years and organized Millikin's Big Blue Show Choir Invitational. At Ball State he spend a year performing with Indiana's official Goodwill Ambassadors, The Ball State University Singers. In addition, Chris was active in Ball State's Office of Admissions where he worked in University Relations.
Most recently, Mr. Pratt was Director of Choirs at Center Grove High School in Greenwood, IN. At Center Grove he directed five choirs, including the award-winning show choir CG Sound System and chamber choir, CG Singers. CG Sound System has been named Grand Champion Show choir at SHOWSTOPPERS Show Choir Invitational and FAME Show Choir Invitational in New York City, Branson, Chicago and Orlando.
In additional, CG Sound System was recognized by Indiana's Governor for their outstanding achievements at the Regional and National competitions. Collectively, his choirs have won over 115 Grand Champion awards. As a first year teacher, Mr. Pratt was a proud recipient of Danville District 118, David L. Fields Outstanding Teach of the Year.
With a foundation in choral music and choreography, Chris has also worked extensively with choirs in Danville (IL), Hamilton Southeastern, Watseka, Triton Central, and several other schools around the Midwest as a choreographer/clinician. He is very excited to assume the Choral Director position at Grosse Pointe South High School.