August 08, 2017, BY Samantha Wallace

Video by Joey Krulock '17

Bucknell University's Department of Music held its first Summer Voice Workshop this summer, an intensive five-day performance workshop focusing on musical theater and classical music.

Geared toward solo high school singers interested in majoring in vocal performance in college, the workshop offered participants training in dance, acting, voice, stage combat, makeup and more. Professor Emily Martin-Moberley, music, chose this varied curriculum because "versatility is the number-one skill that all students in performance should have."

Martin-Moberley said that the students in the workshop had a range of experience — including a participant who traveled from a performing arts high school near Boston and a recently graduated senior planning to major in musical theater in college this fall — and represented grades eight and up.

"The professionalism of the instructors was one of the best parts of the workshop, especially because they didn't treat us like children — they treated us like professionals," said Gabe Chlebowski, a New Berlin, Pa., native. This fall he will be a sophomore at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, a performing arts boarding school in Natick, Mass. "It made the workshop really enjoyable. The variety of the material offered was also a plus, like the Yoga & Movement class that taught us a more spiritual approach to connecting to an acting scene."

Martin-Moberley said Bucknell aims to offer a residential option next year, to accommodate both day and overnight students.

The week culminated in an evening performance for family and friends. Watch the video above to see how students prepared for the event.

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