Opera Camp 2023

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Opera Camp Program 2022

  • Fees- full day in-person camp costs $950 for two weeks
  • Dates- July 17-21 & 24-28, 20232, 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday
  • Performance- 3pm on the final day of each camp- friends and family welcome
  • Age- singers up to 18 years of age
  • Audition- submit recorded materials or request for live audition to mashby@pbgcsings.org
  • Payment Questions- Contact dbranson@pbgcsings.org
  • Location- All our day camps are held at our facility-      1336 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA 19123

Past Faculty

Michael Ashby, Camp Director

Michael Ashby

Michael Ashby earned his Masters 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.

Gabriel Rebolla, Accompanist/Coach

Gabriel Rebolla

Gabriel Rebolla is originally from Brazil and moved to Philadelphia in 2010. He is a faculty member at Temple University where he works as a coach and accompanist. Mr. Rebolla is also one of the principal coaches at the Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia. He frequently works as director and/or pianist of opera companies and young artists programs such as Fio Américas (Brazil/Italy), “La Musica Lirica” (Italy) “Delaware Valley Opera”, “Libera Opera” (Philadelphia), “Fringe Opera Festival” (Philadelphia) to name a few. He is also organist and music director of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Chester Springs and has performed with many important conductors such as Karl Martin, Ted Murray, Lance Inouye, Carlos Fiorini, Vasti Atique, and Eduardo Ostergreen in Brazil, United States, Italy and France. 

Past Master Clinicians

Laura Kate Marshall

Laura Kate Marshall

Laura Kate Marshall– An internationally, classically trained actress and mezzo-soprano, Laura has performed in Opera, Zarzuela, Musical Theatre, and Art Song, on Broadway, across the United States and in Europe. She was most recently engaged as The Visitor in Picasso at the Lapine Agile with Feverdream Repertory, the Narrator/Mrs. Dilber in Revival’s Productions’ A Christmas Carol, Antipholus of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors with Upstart Arts, The Duchess of Alba in The Immorality of Thought- The Life of Francisco de Goya for the American Playwrights Guild. Laura served as a teaching artist for the Kimmel Center’s One Musical Philadelphia’s production of Cinderella, Music Director for Philadelphia’s YPTC production of Beauty and the Beast Jr. and The Lion King. Laura will be performing as Queen Alonsa with Delaware Shakespeare Festival’s The Tempest this summer.

Pen Ying Fang

Pen Ying Fang

Pen Ying Fang has performed widely in the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, building an extensive repertoire of solo and chamber music.   Currently, she serves as a coach and accompanist at Westminster Choir College, where she has worked with many prominent artists and renowned voice programs such as the CoOPERAtive summer program and the Florence Voice Seminar in Italy.    As an accompanist she has also performed and toured with several choirs from the New York area, in which capacity the New York Times has praised her performances as “vivid” and “deft.”   In 2018 Julia was honored to be a featured performer in a Philip Glass opera workshop in North Adams, MA.

Pen Ying is a native of Taiwan, where she began studying piano at age 5.  There she attended an experimental music-focused grade school until moving to the United States. Here she studied with Paul Hoffmann and Barbara Gonzalez-Palmer, earning a BM and MM in Piano at Rutgers University. 

Julia Bokunewicz

Julia Bokunewicz

Regarded for their versatility as an artist, Julia Bokunewicz (she/they/he) is in high demand for their work as a performer and educator in the greater Philadelphia region. Julia has experience within the School District of Philadelphia teaching general music, choir, and theatre to students in Kindergarten through eighth grades, as well as being an accomplished private instructor for all voice types. As a performer, they are currently a core member of two of Philadelphia’s premiere ensembles, The Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia and Vox Ama Deus, and has sung with the Princeton Singers and the Philadelphia Symphonic Chorus. Julia is involved with performance at various religious institutions, contemporary festivals and companies, and opera companies in the Philadelphia region. They are incredibly excited to join the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale as a voice technician!

Past Clinicians

Emma Murphy

Emma Murphy

Soprano Emma Murphy is a student at Oberlin Conservatory under the tutelage of Dr. Katherine Jolly. A passionate recitalist, Emma has recently appeared in concert at Oberlin Conservatory and at Church of the Covenant in Cleveland, OH. During her time at Oberlin, Emma has performed with the Oberlin College Choir and Oberlin Chamber singers; most notably she appeared in a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah in 2019 under the baton of Dr. Gregory Ristow. Combining her passion for art song and the French language, Emma presented two programs featuring works by Hahn and Chabrier at Oberlin Conservatory in fall of 2021.

Emma spent her high school years studying and performing with the Philadelphia Girls choir where she developed her love for collaboration spending three summers working as a camp counselor for the organization’s Choir Camp where she taught children, ages 7-12 years, music theory and vocal pedagogy. Devoted to vocal health and education, Emma looks forward to exploring graduate school opportunities in the upcoming year in order to pursue her love of vocal pedagogy and performance.

Emma Murphy’s upcoming engagements include the role of Barbarina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with LAH-SOW workshop in Philadelphia in June 2022, followed by Opera Scenes at Oberlin Conservatory in Fall 2022.

Eleanor Dishong

Eleanor Dishong

Soprano Eleanor Dishong is a student at Rowan University studying vocal music education with Karen Huffstodt as well as violin studies. As a dedicated musician, Eleanor sings with the select Rowan University Concert Choir and has served as a principal violinist in the Rowan University Symphonic Orchestra. She has also performed as a soprano and harpist for Rowan University’s Collegium Ensemble, an experimental music ensemble that plays pieces ranging from the medieval, renaissance and baroque eras. In addition to performing in ensembles, Eleanor has also performed with the Rowan University Opera Company in their production of Opera Masterworks and Die Fledermaus as Prince Orlofsky.

Eleanor became a member of the Philadelphia Girls Choir when the choir was first founded in 2012. During her 9 years at the Philadelphia Girls Choir, she sang on two choir tours with Concerto. In addition to choral studies, she attended the Musical Theater and Opera summer camps and studied voice with Michael Ashby.

Eleanor is currently a music teacher at Mannington Music School in Salem County, NJ where teaches private violin lessons. She also works as a student intern for Rowan Community Music school. Eleanor is looking forward to participating in Rowan University Opera Company’s Opera Scenes in the fall of 2022.

Past Co-Counselors

Jason Adams, Co-Counselor

Jason Adams

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.

Daniel Strong, Co-Counselor

Daniel Strong

Daniel Strong will be attending Central Highschool to start his freshman year this fall. He has been studying voice with Mr. Ashby for five years. He is currently in the Junior Chorale and has been singing with the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale for seven years.

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

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