Summer Spectacular Show Choir Camp
**At this time the 5th and 6th grade morning camp session is full for girls. If you have a student who would like to be put on the waitlist in case of a cancellation, please click here to complete the Overflow Form.
Dear 2023 Summer Spectacular Campers and Parents,
Thank you for registering your son or daughter for the Carmel Choirs Summer Spectacular Show Choir Camp. We are so excited to work with the students in just one week. If you are receiving this message, we have processed your registration and are excited to meet you and your child Tuesday, May 30. Below is some important information for the week.
Tuesday, May 30
- 8:30am – Check In begins for 5th & 6th grade campers
- 12:20pm – Check In begins for 7th, 8th, & 9th grade campers
Check In will take place in the lobby of the Freshman Center, by Door 13 on the West side of Carmel High School. As you may be aware, there is a considerable amount of construction going on near Carmel High School, so plan for extra time required for drop off and pick up each day. If your child has any changes to their medical information, please bring a doctor’s note at this time. Also, if any of your contact info has changed, please let us know.
Students will check in at the tables inside Door 13 where they will receive their music packet for the week as well as their camp t-shirt. Our Carmel High School student counselors will escort them through the Freshman Cafeteria and to either room E157 or the auditorium where they will be supervised until registration is complete. The first rehearsal begins at 9am for the morning session, and at 1pm for the afternoon session.
Daily drop off:
After the Monday check in, students will be dropped off at Door 13 each day. Doors will be open for students to enter 15 minutes prior to the start of camp (8:45am for morning session, and 12:45pm for afternoon session). Again, plan ahead for bad traffic due to road closures.
Please only send registered campers to camp. Friends and/or siblings are not able to be properly supervised during the rehearsal, and it is a liability for us to have any student on campus under our supervision without an emergency medical form on file.
Students should wear closed-toe sneakers each day, as well as comfortable shorts or athletic pants. Girl’s shorts should not be “too short” and they should not wear skirts. All campers should wear their “name-tag” shirt each day. This shirt will be provided on the first day of camp. Girls may want to pull their hair back away from their face during choreography rehearsals.
Other things to bring:
All students should bring a refillable water bottle labeled with their name. They may also want to bring a small snack if they cannot make it through the 3-hour rehearsals without nutrition. We will take 2-3 brief breaks during the 3-hour rehearsal session each day.
Below is a list of this year’s clinicians:
- 5th – 6th Grade: Kathrine Kouns – Vocal Clinician, Sloan Bayer – Choreographer
- 7th & 8th Grade Girls: John Wenning – Vocal Clinician, Marty DeMott – Choreographer
- 9th Grade Girls, & 7th – 9th Grade Boys: Kyle Barker – Vocal Clinician, Brooke Smoulder – Choreographer
Tuesday’s rehearsal will start with a few “get to know each other” activities, followed by some vocal rehearsal for the students to learn the songs that they will be performing. They will begin a little bit of choreography on this day, but the majority of this rehearsal will be vocal. Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, students can expect to be learning a lot of choreography as well as working on the vocal parts to the songs. They will also spend time staging the songs and preparing for their final performance.
We will have some fun on Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday with “Spirit Days”. Prizes will be awarded to the most “spirited” kiddos!
- Wednesday, May 31 – Crazy Socks Day
- Thursday, June 1 – Crazy Hair Day
- Friday, June 2 – Crazy Shorts Day
The 5th & 6th grade morning session will end promptly at 12pm each day. The 7th, 8th & 9th grade afternoon session will end promptly at 4pm each day. All students need to be picked up by either 12:15pm or 4:15pm respectively. We will follow the same routine that Carmel Clay Schools follow for pick-up. For the 5th & 6th grade camp, parents or authorized adults will need to show ID and then take their child(ren) with them. This will happen right outside of Door 13. Each student will have a designated counselor, and parents will pick their child up from the assigned counselor. You will meet your child’s counselor on Tuesday. At this time, you will need to let us know if anyone other than you will be authorized to pick up your child. Students in the afternoon session (7th , 8th, & 9th graders) will be dismissed from door 13 onto the sidewalk in front of the Freshman Center. Counselors will wait with students until parents have picked them up.
Practicing at Home:
We encourage students to practice their songs at dances at home during the week. To make this easier, recordings and videos of their music and choreography will be posted in this google drive folder.
We are so excited to finally be able to host a final concert again! With COVID restrictions and our recent auditorium renovation, it’s been a few years since we could do this. The final performance for all three groups will be on Friday evening, June 2. Campers will need to arrive by 6:20pm. For this evening, parents can park either by Door 13 and walk through the school to the auditorium, or by Door 2 and enter at the front of the school into the auditorium lobby. Parents can go on into the auditorium and find seats, while students report to their assigned rooms for a final warm-up and preparation. The concert will begin at 7pm and will feature all three groups performing the three songs they have worked on all week. It will end around 7:45pm.
Warm-Up Room Assignments for Friday Evening Only:
- 5th & 6th Graders: Room P140 (Band Room)
- 7th & 8th Grade Girls: Room P152 (New Dance Room)
- 9th grade Girls & 7-9 Boys: E157 (Choir Room)
All campers will receive a Summer Spectacular performance t-shirt to wear for the final day of camp as well as the performance. They should also wear blue jeans (preferably without any holes or rips), as well as closed-toe sneakers. Again, girls should pull hair away from their face for the final performance recording.
This will be a fun week of making music together. We realize that each group will include students with a wide variety of experience. We expect that some will struggle to even stand on stage and remember the words, while others may be ready to audition on Broadway tomorrow. If students practice at home in the evening after each day at camp, they will absolutely progress faster in their learning process, but this is not an expectation. The purpose of this week is simply for everyone to have fun, learn about singing and dancing, make friends, improve their musicianship, gain confidence on stage, and hopefully discover a deeper love for music. Thank you for supporting your son or daughter and for signing up for this camp. We look forward to meeting you all on Tuesday, May 30. If your child can no longer participate in camp, please email Lauren Walawender. If you have any questions about the camp, feel free to contact Katie Kouns.
May 30-June 2, 2023 (Tue-Fri)
Registration opens January 30 @ 8:00AM. Camp tuition is $160.
The Summer Spectacular Show Choir Camp is a 4-day camp filled with singing, dancing, friendship and fun! Students will learn two (2) show choir songs and dances to be performed at the end of the week. This year we are excited to be able to conclude our camp with a LIVE performance for the general public on Friday, June 2 @ 7:00PM in the newly renovated Carmel High School Auditorium!
The camp is open to ALL students entering grades 5-9.
- 9am-12pm: 5-6 Grade Choir
(*Reminder, this is for students entering grades 5-6 in the 2023-2024 school year (current 4-5th graders!))
- 1pm-4pm: 7-9 Grade Choir (TWO sessions offered for grades 7-9)
(*Reminder, this is for students entering grades 7-9 in the 2023-2024 school year (current 6-8th graders!))
Camp fee includes: Specialized instruction from high-level vocal clinicians and choreographers, two (2) t-shirts, sheet music, and access to the final recorded performance.