The Chorus of Westerly's Summer 2013 Choral Workshop
Directed by David Hill
August 11 to August 17, 2013
Now in its 24th season, the Chorus of Westerly's Summer Choral Workshop at Ogontz offers extraordinary opportunities for singers, church musicians, and choral conductors to work on repertoire and choral interpretation with some of the world's leading choral directors. Registration is open to anyone and no auditions are required (registration and tuition payment is required). Past Ogontz participants have come from across North America and have included singers and musicians of all backgrounds. At Ogontz, these participants (with the featured guest artists), learn together, rehearse, relax, and sing for one or two glorious weeks in an intimate and unspoiled retreat in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
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About the August 2013 Session
This coming August, the Chorus of Westerly will offer ONE session at Ogontz. The 2013 session will be Sunday, August 11 to Saturday, August 17 and will be led by David Hill (director of the Bach Choir, London, BBC Singers, and other posts). The session includes opportunities to work with a specialized voice faculty member (Paula Rockwell, Acadia University) and members of the Chorus of Westerly staff.
Individuals may choose to attend as a RESIDENT participant (staying at Ogontz - tuition, meals, special events, lodging included) or as a NON-RESIDENT participant (not staying overnight at Ogontz - tuition, meals, special events included). "Camp Followers" (or RESIDENT NON-PARTICIPANTS - family members who want to stay at camp but not participate in the sessions) can also attend.
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with David Hill
Sunday, August 11 to Saturday, August 17, 2013
Andrew Howell, Chorus of Westerly, University of Rhode Island
Paula Rockwell, voice faculty, Acadia University
Works to be studied include:
Lauridsen - Lux Aeterna (Peer Music)
Rheinberger - Mass in E Flat (Cantus Missae - Op. 109) - Carus Verlag*
Walton - Belshazzar's Feast - O.U.P.
Renowned for his fine musicianship, David Hill is widely respected as both a choral and orchestral conductor. His talent has been recognised by his appointments as Chief Conductor of The BBC Singers, Musical Director of The Bach Choir, Music Director of Southern Sinfonia, Music Director of Leeds Philharmonic Society and Associate Guest conductor of The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate by the University of Southampton in 2002 in recognition of his Services to Music.
Born in Carlisle in 1957 and educated at Chetham’s School of Music, where he is now a Govenor, he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the tender age of 17. He took an organ scholarship to St John’s College, Cambridge under the direction of Dr George Guest and returned to the college as Director of Music from 2003-2007. David Hill’s previous posts have included Master of the Music at Winchester Cathedral (1987-2002), Music Director of The Waynflete Singers (1987-2002) Master of the Music at Westminster Cathedral, Musical Director of the Alexandra Choir (1980-87) and Associate Conductor and then Artistic Director of the Philharmonia Chorus (1986-1997). He is in great demand for choral training workshops worldwide and his handbook on the subject Giving Voice was published in 1995. He is a choral advisor to music publishers Novello, for whom he has edited a number of publications. As an organist, David Hill has given recitals in most of the major venues in the UK and has toured extensively abroad.
David Hill’s broad-ranging discography of over 70 recordings, including many award-winners, can be found on the for Decca/Argo, Hyperion, Naxos and Virgin Classics labels. The discs span repertoire from the renaissance to the present day. With The Bach Choir David Hill has contributed to the film sound tracks of Kingdom of Heaven, The Chronicles of Narnia and Shrek the Third. He is engaged in a series of recordings of major English choral composers with The Bach Choir and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for Naxos. David Hill has appeared as guest conductor with the London Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra, The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Sinfonia 21, the Northern Sinfonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, The Minnesota Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonqiue de Strasbourg as well as the Netherlands Radio Choir and RIAS Kammerchor, Berlin.
2013 PARTICIPATION TYPES AND RATES
Register early and save! We have several early bird specials this year. The earlier you register, the less you pay!
I. Resident Participant
Includes accommodations at Ogontz, meals at Ogontz, recreation, and tuition/singing sessions. Score expenses are not included. Register early for the best price!
R egister between December 16, 2012 and March 15, 2013 - $675
Register after March 15, 2013 - $685
II. Non-Resident Participant
Includes your meals at Ogontz, recreation, special events. Non-participants do not/cannot participate in singing sessions including rehearsals, masterclasses, and warm-ups. This is the category for spouses and family coming with you who are not going to sing.
Register by December 15, 2012 - $630
Register after December 15, 2012 - $655
Please note: For score purchase information, please contact the Chorus of Westerly offices at 401-596-8663.
Refund and Cancellation Policy
If a participant must cancel their reservation at the 2013 Choral Workshops at Ogontz and has paid registration fees to date, the following criteria apply to refunds. Score purchase/fees are non-refundable.
If request for cancellation or refund is made to the Chorus prior to:
January 31, 2013 - 100% of paid registration fees are refundable minus a $25 cancellation service charge.
February 15, 2013 - 75% of paid registration fees are refundable minus a $25 cancellation service charge.
March 15, 2013 - 50% of paid registration fees are refundable minus a $25 cancellation service charge.
April 15, 2013 - 25% of paid registration fees are refundable minus a $25 cancellation service charge.
After April 15, 2013 - registration fees paid to date to the Chorus are not refundable.
|A Typical Chorus of Westerly Choral Workshop Day at Ogontz
8 am - Breakfast
9:15 am - Morning Warm-ups
10:30 am - Morning Sing
12:30 pm - Lunch
2 pm - Afternon Master Class
3:15 pm - Afternoon Sing
4:30 pm - Free time
6:30 pm - Dinner
8 pm - Evening Sing or Night Activity (Recitals, etc)
Schedule varies on a given day. All activities are optional.
More About Ogontz –
Camp Ogontz is a magnificent 300-acre facility in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The camp overlooks Lake Ogontz, a very small, semi-private lake with a spectacular view of the mountains beyond. Ogontz is owned and operated by Lynn and George Kent (music director of the Chorus), and is home to a variety of short, week-long, arts related summer camps and workshops throughout the summer. The camp itself is over 350 acres. There are over a hundred buildings on the premises including a large rehearsal hall, a boathouse, and a fabulous dining hall. Visit this link for info on Ogontz facilities.
Living space at Ogontz varies from several medium sized indoor log cabins (with indoor plumbing and enclosed bedrooms), to about 45 Adirondack style cabins (with three open sides, roll down heavy flaps, tables, personal cubbies, beds, chairs, electricity) that are all close to shower rooms and toilet facilities. These Adirondack cabins are a little bit more rustic, but recent renovations have drastically improved their quality and comfort. All cabins are shared by one to four people depending on your preferences (during the Choral Workshops, these cabins rarely have more than two people and solo cabins are possible). If you choose to be a "resident" camper, you will be given a housing preference sheet prior to your attendance. Visit this link for info on accommodations at Ogontz.
David Hill participants are treated to full and delicious meals three times a day. The food at Ogontz is prepared daily in the camp's large kitchen and the Ogontz chefs are legendary. The Dining Hall can seat about 150 people at a time and has a warm rustic charm to it with wooden floors and large windows looking out over camp from three different sides.
For warm afternoons and evenings where an outdoor meal is planned, there is a large wrap around deck connected to the Dining Hall that can accommodate the entire camp. Also outside the deck is a special grill and smoker. On occasion during the sessions, meals are often held at other camp locations such as on a hill or next to one of camp's beautiful waterfalls.
The Ogontz Bakery, another impressive facility that is connected to the Dining Hall, prepares bread, desserts, and other tasty items daily, ranging from the famed Ogontz Chocolate Chip Cookies to large and rich cakes.
Camp menus are set by the Chorus in collaboration with Ogontz. A main dish is always featured and a vegetarian option is always available. At this time, Ogontz is not able to accommodate special dietary concerns, but the kitchen staff is always willing to talk with participants about ingredients in that particular days meals.
The Ogontz General Store has snacks and goodies available for purchase. A Shaw's Grocery Store and Walmart are also located about fifteen minutes away in Littleton.
Both Resident and Non-Resident Participants (and Non-Participants) have all meals provided as part of their costs/tuition.
During your time at the Hill week, outside of singing, you have a lot of optional time to rest, relax, have fun, or explore.
Ogontz Recreational Features:
- Over 350 acres of New England Forests, Pastures, and Wildlife
- Private Lake
- Acres of mountain trails to explore
- Private Swim area with dock and floating raft
- Four Tennis Courts
- Volleyball Court
- Boathouse containing Canoes, Sailboats, Row Boats, & Kayaks
- Fully Equipped Wood Working Shop
- “Green Chairs” relaxing social area
- Arts & Crafts House
- Costume House
Ogontz is secluded in the woods but a short drive to Littleton where guests are able to find:
- A fully equipped gym (affordable daily and weekly rates)
- Historic town with many interesting shops
- Nationally acclaimed Littleton Bookstore
- Superstores such as Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Shaw’s
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