Supporting Programs

Summer Music Institute

Summer Music Institute is usually held for 8 days at the end of July/first week of August of every year.  It is a mandatory activity for all Level 4 choristers.  SMI is an essential part of the Level 4 season. We focus on learning the repertoire for the upcoming choral year. The hours spent at SMI learning a major part of this music comprises as many or more hours than that of the chorus year. Choristers learn the expression, dynamics and nuances of each song that the director imparts.

The curriculum includes:  music theory, vocal technique instruction, rhythm training through choreography, movement classes, African Drumming and Steel Pan Drumming workshops. Depending on the year, choristers may work with well-renowned guest clinicians and composers.  SMI is an intense community-building experience, as well. SMI is a social bonding time, creating a “musical team” which is as important as learning the music. Members look forward to evening camp fires, movie night, talent shows, and drumming concerts.