2021 Commencement Information
The Choral Intensive is carefully structured to combine comprehensive and attentive training with a fun and friendly environment.
8:45 a.m. Dropoff
9 a.m. Warm-ups: A healthy way to get our voices engaged at the beginning of the day.
9:30 a.m. Mixed Choir rehearsal: All participants will learn & prepare exciting, varied repertoire in preparation for the final concert.
10:30 a.m. Sectionals: Sopranos/altos and tenors/basses will work separately with the two directors in order to refine the morning’s repertoire, as well as learn singing techniques appropriate to each voice part.
12 p.m. Lunch: Participants will enjoy lunch at the Campus Inn, Whittier College's buffet-style dining hall. The cost of lunch is included in the tuition.
1 p.m. Elective: This slot will vary day to day and will include lessons on Fundamentals of Sight-Singing, Beginning Music Theory, General Music History, Effective Performance Techniques, and Looking Forward to College/Career Goals
2 p.m. Voice Class: An hour focused on training young voices to sing in a healthy & maximally resonant way
3 p.m. Mixed Choir Rehearsal
4 p.m. Small Ensembles: Participants may be divided into a Treble Choir, Chamber Singers, Music Theater Ensemble, or others groups.
5:30 p.m. Dismissal
Memorial Chapel at Whittier College
The week will end with a concert on Friday night, featuring the repertoire prepared during the week. It will be open to friends, family, and the wider campus and Whittier community.
Professor Alexandra Grabarchuk is Director of Choral Activities at Whittier College, as well as the Artistic Director of the San Gabriel Valley Choral Company. She will serve as the Inaugural Director of the Summer Choral Intensive.
Professor David Rentz leads the choral and vocal music areas at Chaffey College and directs the masters and doctoral conducting program at Claremont Graduate University. David has extensive experience leading choirs at the middle school, high school, collegiate, and professional levels, and will co-lead the Choral Intensive with Dr. Grabarchuk.
Professor Teresa LeVelle is a composer and teaches composition, music theory, and handbells at Whittier College. She will serve as Music Theory Instructor, providing foundational theory and keyboard skills for the participating students.
Professor Melissa Landis, soprano, enjoys training young singers as she draws upon her 25 years of experience as a college vocal instructor. Melissa will be our Vocal Instructor, teaching a daily class on healthy vocal technique in the choral setting.
$850, daily lunch included
Register by April 30, 2020 with a $350 non-refundable deposit