Voices in the Laurel recently hosted the 9th annual SummerVoice Music Camp, led by Founding Artistic Director, Martha Brown. For the first time, the camp was virtual, and took place over two weeks.

The camp was sponsored in part by the Haywood County Arts Council.

The camp theme was “Be the Change,” inspired by the choral composition by Jacob Narverud, who rearranged the piece specifically for Voices in the Laurel. Campers learned vocal techniques and music theory through rehearsing this song, along with others. In addition, there were arts and crafts, and recreation – all online.

“We miss singing together in person,” said Artistic Director, Martha Brown. “However, we are committed to the value of connection and the presence of music in the lives of our youth.”

In response to this dilemma, the Voices in the Laurel staff scheduled special guests for each day of camp.

In addition, Jacob’s new arrangement of “Be the Change” will be published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing.

For its 25th anniversary season, Voices in the Laurel will combine music, drama, art, games and fitness into rehearsals and performances. Plans are in place for virtual, small group, or large group, or a combination of activities, keeping the safety of the choristers, their families and staff as the priority.

Voices in the Laurel is currently registering young musicians in grades 1 – 12 into one of the three ensembles, with rehearsals starting on Monday, Aug. 31.

Registration information can be found online at www.voicesinthelaurel.org or by calling 828-699-4005.

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