A Sewanee summer builds skills and self-confidence. Students take away new friendships and a lifelong passion for singing and sharing great music
Am I eligible to participate? Do I need to audition?
The program is open to students who have completed 9th grade through 12th grade (age 14-18). No audition is required, but applicants must provide a letter of recommendation from their choral/vocal instructor. Enrollment is limited to 40.
Where will we perform?
Our final performance will take place in All Saints’ Chapel at the University of the South. With its stunning gothic architecture and cathedral acoustics, and seating for 1000, this magnificent space is the perfect setting for an unforgettable concert. Smaller performances will take place in the Chapel of the Apostles, a beautiful new stone and glass structure seating 200.
What will we do each day?
Each day will include classes in music theory, literacy, and vocal health and technique as well as sectional and full rehearsals for the full choir and smaller ensembles. Individual voice lessons will be available for an additional fee. See schedule below for more details.
What music will we perform?
The repertory for the institute will be of the highest caliber include major works such as Vivaldi’s Gloria; Mozart’s Missa brevis in C Major, K220; madrigals, chanson, Renaissance and Baroque motets; and Romantic part-songs. Students will have the opportunity to perform in the full ensemble as well as in chamber ensembles, allowing them to explore the full extent of their voices. Members of the institute are encouraged to audition for all the solos in the selected repertory.
Where will I live?
Students will be housed by gender in University dormitories near their rehearsal spaces. Close supervision will be provided by adult dorm parents and college student proctors. All meals are provided at McClurg dining hall, including a healthy, organic diet with many available options.
How much does it cost? Are there scholarships?
Room and board- $700
Optional private lessons-$35 per half hour
A small number of partial scholarships are available, based on demonstrated ability and financial need.
If you would like to be considered for financial aid, please submit the following by e-mail to: email@example.com
- Family Income
- Statement of Need
4 Easy Steps:
1. Fill out application form2. Attach the Choral Directors Recommender Form
3. Attach Resume/Repertoire List
4. Pay the application fee
Sample daily schedule:
8:30 a.m. warm-up
9:00 a.m. sectional rehearsal9:45 a.m. class A (4 classes, 8-12 each)
10:45 a.m. men’s/women’s choir rehearsals
1:00 p.m. full choir rehearsal, All Saints’ ChapelBreak
3:00 p.m. class B
4:00 p.m. lessons/practice time/recreation, including optional seminars at SSMF, outdoor time, group activities
7-10 p.m. small ensembles, concerts, and fun activities
10:00 p.m. dorm activity and sleep
Faculty & Staff
Sewanee Choral Institute Director
Dr. Bradley Almquist
Almquist currently conducts the MSU Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. In addition, he teaches choral conducting, choral repertory, aural skills I and II, and independent studies in conducting and choral repertory to undergraduates. At the graduate level, Almquist teaches historical and philosophical foundations of music education, psychological foundations of music education, and the secondary program. He also conducts the Paducah Symphony Chorus, the Paducah Symphony Children’s Chorus and the Marshall County Children’s Chorus.
Among other things, Wurgler said Dr. Almquist is a leader in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) having just completed a term as Southern Division President. He is an active leader in the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) as well. He organizes both the High School and the Middle School Quad State Choral Festivals on campus each year. He coordinates annual Help Sessions for All-State Choir students. Along with his choirs and/or other faculty, he travels to perform at high schools to recruit for MSU. He produces and conducts choirs in the “Holidays at Murray State” video which is aired on National Public TV each year.
This past year Dr. Almquist has conducted the MSU Concert Choir, University Chorale and the Paducah Symphony Chorus in Carnegie Hall with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, at the Carson Center, Paducah, Ky. in Mozart’s “Requiem” and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. He has also made scholarly presentations at the Kentucky Music Educators Association Annual In-Service and the Mississippi Music Educators Association Vocal Conference. His articles have been published in the “Bluegrass Music News,” the Journal of the Kentucky Music Educators Association and “Interval” The Journal of the Minnesota Music Educators Association. Serving as President of the American Choral Directors Southern Division, he presented the keynote address at the Mississippi Vocal Music Conference and planned and presided over the ACDA Southern Division Conference in Memphis, Tenn. with over 3000 attendees and performers. Dr. Almquist also is a member of the faculty for the annual Sewanee Church Music Conference.
Dr. Johnson is a 1956 graduate of Murray State University and a retired superintendant of schools of Livingston County, Michigan. His wife, Marlene Johnson, is a 1957 graduate of Murray State University and a retired music teacher and guidance counselor. The Johnsons are natives of Carrier Mills, Illinois. They share a great appreciation for the performing arts and higher education.