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UTSA Choir Camp

UTSA Choir Camp students create beautiful music

By Bronwyn Wingo
Special Projects Writer, UTSA '05

(July 18, 2005)--UTSA's Chisholm Hall became home away from home for more than 200 students from 51 Texas high schools as the UTSA Department of Music hosted its annual all-state choir camp June 19-22.

Students gathered daily in the Arts Building at the UTSA 1604 Campus to prepare and practice music for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Choir auditions. Events included rehearsals with guest clinicians and faculty conductors, focus sessions for vocal and technical enhancement, performances by UTSA students and faculty, and a talent show featuring performances by campers.

During a special session, nationally known vocal health specialist Sharon Radionoff from the Sound Singing Institute in Houston spoke to attendees on caring for the vocal chords.

Guest clinicians for the camp were Jo Scurlock-Dillard from Reagan High School, Jennifer Zaccagni from O'Connor High School and Kyle Pullen and Sean Pullen, both from Clear Creek High School.

UTSA faculty members John Silantien and Gary Mabry served as conductors. Othere UTSA faculty members who worked with the students included Linda Poetschke, Diana Allen, Michael Burgess, Geoffrey Waite and Melody Rich, who also was camp coordinator.

The camp closed with a concert-like rehearsal attended by family and friends of the campers.

"To hear the beautiful music created by these kids after only three days with the charts was just incredible," said parent Jack Stevens. "My daughter had a wonderful experience and said it was packed with learning."

Beginning at the regional level, TMEA has auditions for the All-State Choir throughout the school year. The final mixed chorus consists of the top five students in each voice part from various auditions across Texas. The All-State Choir will perform the selections in a final concert during the TMEA convention in February.

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