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Music Theatre Camp scheduled

Judie Perkowski / New Concord Leader Published: April 25, 2010 12:00 AM

High school students who would like professional tutoring to help them reach their potential in acting, dancing and/or singing are encouraged to sign up for the fifth annual High School Summer Music Theatre Camp on the campus of Muskingum University the week of June 20-26. Applications will be accepted until the student quota is met.

The highly touted program is under the direction of Carol Wilcox Jones, artist-in-residence and coordinator of Applied Vocal Studies at the university where she teaches voice, vocal methods and directs the Musical Theatre Camp program.

All high school students in grades 9-12, who would like to attend the music camp, must include a letter of recommendation from their music teacher and either a video or DVD of two contrasting music theatre selections, labeled with name, address, phone number and song titles, and return with the application.

Registration for resident campers -- students who will stay on campus the entire week -- is $550. The fee includes six nights lodging, 18 meals, beginning with dinner Sunday, a pizza party, final reception following the Saturday afternoon performance, a souvenir camp photo and performance CD. For day campers, cost is $480, which includes tuition and daily lunch and dinner. Day campers without a meal plan is $395 for the week.

A nonrefundable deposit of $50 is required with application. (Which will be applied to tuition.) Balance of tuition is due May 14. Late applications may be accepted at the discretion of the camp director.

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Camp fees, excluding the $50 deposit are fully refundable if notification of cancellation is received by the director by May 24. Cancellations received after this date will include $75 refund on tuition costs only.

"You don't have to stay on the campus at the camp to participate in the music camp, you can be a day tripper for less money, especially if you live nearby the university," said Jones.

"Also, there are scholarships available. Applicants must write a letter, included with the application, about why they should be considered for a scholarship. Students from the area will receive preference.

"This is a well-designed program, and I have a fabulous staff of guest artists, director, musician, choreographer and coaches. The kids get a lot of individual attention, we have about one adult for every 10 students. It is a very personal experience," she said.

Jones holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas and a master's degree in vocal pedagogy from Ohio State University with advanced studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Her extensive performance credits include musical theater productions with leading roles in several Broadway musicals as well as operatic roles with the Metropolitan Opera in NYC and the Washington Opera at Kennedy Center, among others throughout the United States and Canada. She has performed on CBS television and was a featured soloist with many American symphonies.

For information, contact Music Camp Director Carol Wilcox Jones at (740) 826-8104, e-mail at cjones@muskingum.edu or visit www.muskingum.ed/~music/.


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