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Choral Camp 2022

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  • Fees-full day in-person camp is $300 for one week or $550 for both weeks
  • Week I July 5-8, 2022, 9am to 4pm, Tuesday through Friday
  • Week II July 11-15, 2022, 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday
  • Performance- 3pm on the final day of each camp- friends and family welcome
  • Ages- For all singers ages 7–12
  • Payment Questions- Contact dbranson@pbgcsings.org
  • Location- All our day camps are held at our facility-      1336 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA 19123

Faculty

Michael Ashby, Camp Director

Michael Ashby

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.


Jessica Kolody, Music Director Week I

Jessica Kolody

Jessica Kolody is passionate about engaging youth in musical excellence, so she is thrilled to return to this excellent summer program as choral music director.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Cedarville University in 2011, Jessica began teaching music at Highland Regional High School, where she continues to develop the vocal music program. Within her first six years at Highland, she grew the curricular choral program from about 10 to 100 students and developed an active co-curricular a cappella program that participates in the International Competition for High School A Cappella.

Additionally, Jessica teaches private flute and voice lessons in South Jersey and performs as a freelance musician. An active member of the South Jersey Choral Directors’ Association, Jessica was the 2020 guest conductor of the South Jersey Junior High Honors Chorus. With many years of experience working with choir, musical theatre, marching band, worship bands, and children’s summer camps, Jessica has developed a wide variety of teaching methods with different age groups, musical genres, and learning styles.  She is committed to building strong diverse musical communities and instilling a life-long love of music. soli*DEO*gloria.


Brady Ketelson, Music Director Week II

Brady Ketelsen

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. 


Check here for upcoming listings of our Choral Camp Counselors!


For additional questions please email Michael Ashby at mashby@pbgcsings.org.


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