2021 program has been postponed.

Choral Village will focus on our local role in the Underground Railroad through contemporary and traditional African American music.  Students will also explore contemporary implications of this story in their own lives. Middle and high schoolers will spend a full week exploring expressive choral performance, participate in drum circles, and engage in theater exercises, all in an atmosphere of community building and teamwork. $200 for the week, lunch included.
(limited financial assistance available)

Daily Schedule

Monday – Thursday

8:15 – 8:30 am        Arrival

8:30 – 9:55               Warmup/Singing with Dr. H.
9:55 – 10:10             Break/Snack Time
10:10 – 11:40           Session I with Camille Armstrong
11:40 – 12:20           Lunch provided
12:20 – 1:20             Drumming with Joe Tayoun
1:20 – 1:30                Break
1:30 – 2:30                Session II with Camille Armstrong
2:30 – 2:40                Break
2:40 – 3:00                Reflection/Singing with Dr. H.

3:00                            Dismissal and Pick up

Friday

8:15 – 8:30                 Arrival

8:30 – 9:55                 Warmup/Singing with Dr. H.
9:55 – 10:10              Break/Snack Time
10:10 – 11:40            Drumming with Joe Tayoun
11:40 – 12:20            Lunch provided
12:20 – 1:20              Singing with Dr. H.
1:20 – 1:30                 Break
1:30 – 2:20                 Session with Camille Armstrong
2:20 – 2:30                 Evaluations
2:30 – 3:00                 Presentation for parents

3:00 pm Parents/Dismissal and Pick up

Sessions with Camille WHO will cover

Acting/Live Performace-Fundamentals of Theater, and energy & expression in live performance

Poetry/Spoken Word– Dissect a piece of poetry for meaning, tone, and personalization

Creative Movement– With an emphasis on choreography and collaboration

Poetry/Spoken Word– How to perform the piece of poetry with voice and body

Body Percussion – Make rhythms with our bodies

Spaces are limited

To ensure a quality learning experience, enrollment is limited to 18 participants. Don’t delay!

To register, click here.

Dr. Joy Hirokawa (Vocal Instructor and Director of Choral Village) is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Bel Canto Youth Chorus of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. She formerly led the music education program at Moravian College for ten years, was an adjunct instructor at Temple University, and was Director of the Lafayette College Concert Choir. Dr. Hirokawa is a published arranger and frequent guest conductor and clinician, presenting regularly at ACDA, NAfME, and PMEA conferences. She is the ACDA National Repertoire and Resources Chair for Children and Youth Choirs. Dr. Hirokawa taught in public schools for 20 years prior to teaching at the collegiate level.

Camille Armstrong is a first-generation American-Jamaican, born and raised in New York City, where she attended the “FAME” school of the Arts for Vocal Music and Dance, sang and danced for Grammy award-winning Morgan Heritage, performed with Natalie Cole, and began her 10 years performing and touring in the Off-Broadway show STOMP.

Named  “A Performing Arts Renaissance Woman”, Camille is known for her work worldwide as a singer, composer, arranger, lyricist, dancer, choreographer, rhythm & percussionist, actress, director, and teaching artist.  Some of her many works include, but are in no way limited to composing and choreographing with and for Harry Connick Jr.’s show Elf; Hip-Hop and Body Percussion (making music with our bodies) dance instruction and choreography at DeSales University, Tap Ties, and Pennsylvania Youth Theater as a Movement Instructor in Drama and Choreographer for main stage musical theater productions.  She also teaches acting, singing, rhythm, dancing, artistic development, double-dutch jump rope, and Body Percussion workshops for all ages at music festivals in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, and New York.

Joseph Tayoun (World Drumming) is an accomplished Middle Eastern percussionist. He started playing by the early age of eight at his family’s renowned Middle East Restaurant in Philadelphia where live, authentic Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Armenian, Greek, and Israeli music and dance was performed nightly for over forty years. Learning from the area’s top Middle Eastern musicians, Joe became adept at the many styles of drumming within these different ethnicities. He performs with various Middle Eastern and World Music ensembles locally, regionally, and internationally, as well as conducting workshops and masterclasses at schools and universities. Joseph has been the recipient of several noteworthy grants from such organizations including the: NEA, PCA, PAEP, and the State Department. He is a Teaching/Artist-In-Residence at Independence Charter School, an award-winning K through 8th school in Center City Philadelphia where he instructs a Hands-On Global Arts class and directs the new World Drumming Corps for the Middle School. Joe is also Artist-In-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archeology where he regularly instructs Middle Eastern Drumming classes in the Egyptian Gallery for adults.