Summer singing camp for girls ages 15-18 (Killington, VT July 27-Aug 4, 2012)

“GET REAL” getaway, a nine day workshop for girls who love to sing.
Kristen Carmichael-Bowers and Mary Ellen Harlow are the directors of this summer camp, held in Killington, VT, July 27-August 4, 2012.

See below for  more information or contact Brattleboro Music Center  802.257.4523 for details and registration.
GET REAL! getaway
Nine Day Workshop For Girls Who Love to Sing
July 27 – August 4, 2012

GET REAL Getaway is an intensive nine day workshop for girls ages 15-18 who love to sing. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.
– One private lesson
– Three coachings on a piece of music*
– Sight reading and ear training
– Tips on: vocal health, coping with nerves, auditioning, and performance etiquette
– Improvisational singing
– Listening to vocal music and addressing performance practices of the past and present
– Choral singing

Get Real Getaway is held in beautiful Killington, Vermont. Daily rehearsals and the final perrformance will be held in Church of Our Savior — an old stone church with lovely acoustics.

We will live in the guest house directly across the street from the church. Participants, workshop leaders and support staff will live as a community, sharing the cooking (with vegetarian options) and cleaning.

We’ll be up early to start the day with a breakfast which will include warm scones, followed by a walk and toning together. The rest of the morning will be spent making music and honing our vocal and musical skills. After lunch, there will be several hours of rest and time for recreation: swimming, outdoor and indoor games, and a trip to a special off site destination one afternoon.
After supper, we’ll rehearse once more and then retire to the house for chatting and a snack before bed.

On Saturday afternoon at 6 pm the nine day workshop will culminate in a special performance during which each of the participants will sing a solo and several pieces will be sung in chorus. Family and friends are invited to join us as we celebrate the participants’ accomplishments and enjoy the performance.


Kristen Carmichael Bowers,
artistic director / voice coach

Kristen has a Master of Arts in Music degree, with a focus on vocal pedagogy from Smith College. She has performed musical theater and opera, and has presented numerous programs of diverse repertoire that highlight her versatility as a recitalist. A passionate and dedicated teacher, Kristen has led vocal workshops since 1986 and serves on the voice faculties of The Putney School, Northern Stage, and the Brattleboro Music Center. Her students adore her for her supportiveness, encouragement and wacky sense of humor.

Mary Ellen Harlow
choral director

Mary Ellen Harlow retired in the fall of 2010 from a long career at Mill River Union High School. At Mill River she had three large ensembles and four small auditioned ensembles. As a pianist she has collaborated with soloists and chamber ensembles. Her music theater direction includes shows from You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown to Kurt Weill’s little known Johnny Johnson. Mary Ellen is very happy to return to the Get Real Getaway vocal program this summer.

Diane Chartrand

Diane Chartrand is the Library/Media Specialist at Clarendon Elementary School and Assistant to Minister of Music Rip Jackson at Grace Church in Rutland. She enjoys accompanying local students for auditions and performances. She has three grown sons who have all migrated to California.

In addition to the camp’s two main directors, there will be teaching interns and a house coordinator and videographer, Jason Bowers, on-site to ensure that everyone and everything is taken care of.

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38 Walnut Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301 802.257.4523

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