Registration is now open for the Voices At The Coast summer camp in Newport, which offers teens the chance to sing in contemporary a cappella ensemble this July.
Sponsored by the Central Coast Chorale, the camp aims to give students in grades 8 to 12 a singing opportunity not typically available in schools, with master classes and skill-building culminating in a live performance.
The small group setting allows participants to work closely with professionals, experiment and perform with other student vocalists, and develop musical skills for future singing experiences.
The camp will be led by Cate and Jason Caffarella, music educators from the Albany area.
Jason Caffarella currently teaches music at Linn Benton Community College and is the founder of the award-winning a cappella group, Rezonate. He earned a BS in Voice from State University of New York at Fredonia and a master’s in Choral Conducting from the University of Oregon. From 2001 to 2007 he directed choirs and small ensembles, including a cappella groups, in the Oregon Children’s Choir organization. He enjoys adjudicating vocal festivals of all kinds, including solo/ensemble, a cappella and choral for age groups ranging from middle school through college.
Cate Caffarella is director at West Albany High School, whose choirs consistently qualify for Oregon School Activities Association choir competitions. Her advanced a cappella choir, Rhythmix, won the International Championship of High School A Cappella semi-final two years ago and traveled to New York City to compete in the national final.
The camp will run from Thursday, July 12, through Saturday, July 14, with sessions from 9 am to 4:30 pm each day at the Newport campus of Oregon Coast Community College.
At 6 pm on Saturday, July 14, participants will give a live performance for family and friends in the college commons.
The concert will also feature performances by Rezonate and possibly by the Central Coast Chorale’s small group Women of Note in addition to the student singing.
Cost for the summer camp is $95, which includes lunches and a t-shirt.
To register, go to www.voicesatthecoast.com.