We invite you and your touring or “about to be touring” choirs to attend any NCSICA choral workshop! Many former choirs-in-residence have brought singers with ages ranging from 12-20 years old, experienced and inexperienced travelers… all are welcome.

We offer a wonderful opportunity for your singers to travel domestically in an extremely safe and educational environment. We provide EXCELLENT choral training under nationally known conductors, master classes for adults, social activities for all and SAFE and SECURE travel where you as conductor will not be the only one looking after your singers. We also provide dorm head counselors, rehearsal counselors, registered nurse, floor counselors/support for your counselors and 24 hour strolling security. Relax and enjoy the beautiful cool North Carolina mountains. Once you arrive you do not have to worry about hotel rooms, where to eat, what to eat, entertaining your singers, wake-up calls, curfews, running after your kids… well, maybe you’ll still be doing a bit of that!

Featured Choirs-in-Residence 1992 to present:
ChoirDirectorHometown
American BoychoirVincent MetalloPrinceton, NJ
Indianapolis Children's ChoirHenry Leck, Ruth DwyerIndianapolis, IN
Spivey Hall Children's ChoirMartha ShawAtlanta, GA
Lawrence Children's ChoirJaneal KrehbielLawrence, KS
Palm Beach County High School of the ArtsArlene SparksPalm Beach, FL
Rock Hill High SchoolMary Ann HeltonRock Hill, SC
Sumter High School ChoirSonja SepulvedaSumter, SC
Nebraska Children's ChoirCarolee CurtrightLincoln, NE
Ft. Wayne Children's ChoirFred MeadsFt. Wayne, IN
Augusta Children's ChoraleLinda BradberryAugusta, GA
Charlotte Children's ChoirSandy Holland, Sherry BlevinsCharlotte, NC
Greensboro Youth ChorusAnne Doyle, Tom Shelton, Paula OwensGreensboro, NC
Nebraska Children's Choir-CantoriSharon SmithOmaha, NE
Durham Children's ChoirScott HillDurham, NC
Chattanooga Boys ChoirVic OakesChattanooga, TN
ChildrenSongPolly MurryHackensack, NJ
Voices in the LaurelMartha BrownLake Junaluska, NC
Questions about being a Choir-in-Residence with NCSICA?

Check out our FAQ below.

Performing as a choir-in-residence is welcome and encouraged but not required… many choirs do not perform… so arranging for an out-of-balance choir to HAVE to perform is not necessary. You decide if you want to perform. You decide if you want to bring performance attire and instruments. You select the repertoire your kids may sing in your performance. We’re all about the process of choral music education and not necessarily forcing the product! If we can help you get ready for that “nationally auditioned for” performance or just serve as your choirs first venture into touring, we’ll be happy to do that… either way!!

Read the information on this year’s camp and contact Melonie Rector (melonie@ncsica.com) for more information! There is no deadline for applying! The sooner the better of course. If you can get your group together quickly we’ll register you quickly we will guarantee space in the workshop choir, music, t-shirt, roommate preference until May 25! We’d like to have you include a choir resume, director resume and a CD, video or tape of your group. Those applying and being accepted by October 15 will be listed in our print brochure – all others will appear on this website. We do offer special rates for paid registrations exceeding 30 in number. If you are bringing 30 paid registrants you will be classified as a Choir-in-Residence, if you bring less than 30 paid registrants you will be classified as a Touring Choir.

If you are paying as a group we will make payment schedule accommodations. In addition to offering a performance opportunity we will present you with a framed certificate of participation in addition to all that is listed below. We do request your singers and adults mingle with our singers and adults…we’re very friendly accommodating folks here! All participants fill out medical release forms, video/photo image release forms and all participants follow the same camp schedule, rules and regulations.

All activities are held on the campus of Warren Wilson College near Asheville, North Carolina, where the average daily temperature is a dry 68 degrees. Air-conditioning not usually necessary. Sunny and clear, but, because you’re at 3000 feet above sea level weather is subject to change – and rapidly. Additionally, each participant will receive a t-shirt and music for the week. Some evening activities include a classical (auditioned) talent show, Pop (auditioned) talent show and show choir demonstration, ice cream social, s’mores and a movie under the stars. There is an award ceremony for those celebrating multiple years’ participation and recognition of choirs-in-residence at camp.

Participants will be issued a camp ID to wear.  Dorms have laundering facilities. Campers are housed two to a room. Linens/towels, pillow/blanket are not provided so bring yours but if your group wishes linen bundles can be provided at additional cost. We will do our best to surround your singers with your chaperones! We provide two head counselors and a registered nurse to assist your counselors/chaperones. The college has security provisions for summer camps. We can also accommodate charter bus parking.

Our clinicians choose the music the kids will sing. We do not expect the kids to arrive with notes learned – in fact they will not see the music prior to the first rehearsal. We’re all about the process of choral music education not necessarily the product as in an all-state or honors chorus experience. We will provide some section rehearsals as well as full rehearsals and “rotation” rehearsals. We provide professional accompanists. We encourage adults to sing alongside the youth in the workshop choirs. We provide lots of activities for the singers and adults but the focus of the week is choral music education!

Rotation rehearsals center on a particular aspect of music and range from musicianship, Dulcimer playing, Tone Chimes, Mountain Clogging, American and World Folk dance, Native American Lore and Dance, and Show Choir. Visiting artists and speaker topics range from bag-piping to How to apply for College entrance and Scholarships to Swing Dancing. Rotation topics are tied to the theme of each camp year.

For those adults/chaperones who attend all rehearsals and Master Classes for the week long workshop, renewal credit is available ($35.00 fee). Master Classes given by visiting choral clinicians occur daily and are open to choir-in-residence adults.  Organized evening activities can include: dance, movie, and Talent Shows by students and faculty, Visiting Artists, a camp wide contra dance, and awards ceremony and snacks. Activities vary and are tied to the camp theme each year.

Our “camp” schedule is very structured and full. We do not usually have any trouble convincing singers to go to sleep; they’re blissfully tired! There is an open rehearsal for family and friends as the closing event of the week. The open rehearsal is recorded and you can purchase CD or DVD of the event. It is a memorable occasion for the singers as we offer the finest choral conductors available!

You can arrange to extend your tour by arriving early or staying late. There is a fee for remaining in the dorm prior to or past the workshop dates and additional meals can be scheduled in the WONDERFUL dining hall.

  • Biltmore HouseAsheville, NC – Tour of the house (250 rooms) takes 1.5 hours for this age group; tour of the winery takes 45 minutes with a film. Group sales requests a one month advance notice of tickets which can then be purchased on tour day at the entrance gate. Cost is expensive, though group rates are available. It is worth the expense!! Any day on the Blue Ridge Parkway is a day well spent!
  • Grandfather MountainJust north of Asheville – Available are nature museum, animal habitats, picnic area, hiking trails and mile high bridge. Hiking trails average in length from .5 miles to 3 miles; there are many trails. The average visit time for this age group is 2-3 hours, although you could hike all day. Spectacular view – mile high bridge will give you the willies!!
  • Linville CavernsMarion, NC – Former Choirs-in-residence say this is a very interesting place. View nature’s wonders underground!! After the heights of the area this would certainly be the depths!! For the Adults: For those adults/chaperones who attend all rehearsals and Master Classes for the week long workshop renewal credit is available. Master Classes by visiting choral clinicians occur daily and are open to choir-in-residence adults.

For the Kids: there are many great family-oriented restaurants abound the area, some with ” blue grass/mountain music”; also gem mining; miniature golf; trout fishing (staged and stocked); and Tweetsie Railroad – an old west style theme park with a train ride (and robbery), cable cars, deer petting zoo, lots of old west entertainment!! Don’t forget the Mast General Store Candy Barrel – more new and old fashioned candy in one place than you have ever seen before and sold (mostly) by the pound! You may have access to the following services:  indoor pool, tennis courts, volleyball courts, basketball courts. Nature trails are everywhere, free, and beautiful!

For more information, contact Melonie Rector (melonie@ncsica.com).