3pm Friday, July 15, 2022- 1336 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
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Arranged by Jimmy Davis and Charles Mitchell
On the Sunny Side of the Street
by Jimmy McHugh
by Harold Arlen
by Arthur Johnston
by Charles Strouse
by Harry Carroll
by Irving Berlin
by Charles Strouse
Michael Ashby, Camp Director
Michael Ashby earned his Master of Operatic Performance from New Jersey City University and his Bachelor of Science in Music Performance from Indiana State University. In addition to our vocal conservatory, he maintains a voice studio at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Michael serves as the vocal technical teacher for the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale and Philadelphia Girls Choir.
For many years he has directed opera, musical theater and choir camp programs. His previous camps were directed at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and for Philadelphia International Music Festival in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
Michael works with and owes his continued singing and teaching to his teacher, David L. Jones of New York.
Brady Ketelsen, Music Director Week II
Brady Ketelsen is a recent graduate from Temple University and just earned his Master’s of Music degree in Choral Conducting. Prior to moving to Philadelphia, he spent six years teaching choral music at Rapid City Central High School in South Dakota as part of one of the most ambitious and artistically excellent performing arts faculties in the state. While there, he taught the joy of choral music to students who had never sung or read music before as well as accomplished singers. In collaboration with his colleagues in music and drama, Brady put on a wide range of fantastic shows from classical works for chorus and orchestra and large scale musical theater productions to intimate jazz nights and cabarets. As a performer, Brady has sung on stage with community theater productions like Avenue Q and 9 to 5, and in the orchestra pit, he has played flute, clarinet, and saxophone for shows such as The Producers, Brigadoon, and Man of la Mancha. Brady is thrilled to be making fantastic choral music in the communities of Philadelphia.
Devin Casas, Head Counselor
Devin Casas attends CAPA high school and is in the junior chorale of the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale. He has studied with Mr.Ashby for 3 years. He also was in All City band, full orchestra, and choir for clarinet, bass clarinet, and voice.
Emilie Puopolo, Counselor
Emilie Puopolo is a future student of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. She has studied with Mr. Ashby for 8 years and has done many of the camps. Outside of being in the Philadelphia Girls Choir for several years she has participated in community theater and opera.
Jackie Puopolo, Counselor
Jackie Puopolo has been studying with Mr. Ashby since she was 10 years old. She’s been in many of the camps, and was in the Philadelphia Girls Choir for nearly 8 years. she’s also been playing French horn since 5th grade, plays mellophone in marching band, and recently took up the jaw harp at the request of Mr. Ashby. She enjoys learning all types of musical instruments, but mainly voice.
Sarah J. Adams, Counselor
Sarah J. Adams is a senior in high school and will be attending Westminster Choir College at Rider University. This is her 6th year in the Philadelphia Girls Choir, 4th year in Opera Camp and her 3rd year counseling Choral Camp. Throughout her time at PGC, she has studied under Mr. Ashby and helped teach IPA, vocal techniques, and Music Theory to Summer Camp students. Outside of PGC, she is a percussionist and plays a variety of instruments in her schools’ orchestras ad instrumental ensembles.
Jason Adams is a rising high school junior. In elementary school, Jason joined the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale. He is now an alumnus, studying under Mr. Jeff Smith and Mr. Michael Ashby for the past 5 years. Jason is an accomplished vocalist in Middle School and High School. He currently sings in the highest level auditioned vocal group – East Singers and in the show choir “Voce”. In addition, he is an accomplished percussionist performing in the Marching Band, pit orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra, the highest level instrumental ensemble. Although in his 1st year as a camp counselor at Choral Camp, Jason is beloved and at home at the Philadelphia Vocal Conservatory. He is affectionately known as “Tape”, a nickname he developed when in training here at the conservatory.
Arts and Crafts Instructors
Maximillian and Karen Missler
Maximilian is a future student of CCC in New Jersey where he will be studying Computer Graphics and Game Design. He has studied with Mr. Ashby for 7 years, was a member of the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale for 6 years and participated in all the camps throughout the years. He also like to compose music and play his violin. He was a counselor for Choral Camp last year as well has helping with the Arts and Crafts.
Karen has been a volunteer for the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale for the past 7 years. During that time, she has helped in many ways, including helping with the annual auction, in the music library, wardrobing for concerts and with the camps. Last year she took on the role of the Arts and Crafts Instructor with her son Max and had a wonderful time.