Our camp is held on the beautiful, peaceful campus of Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC, about 10 miles east of Asheville. While our camp is held at Warren Wilson, their staff are not affiliated with our camp and unable to answer your questions. Please contact us with any questions!
Competent and experienced adult counselors will supervise all student activities, providing appropriate care for the privacy and security of all participants. Counselors must hold a NC or comparable teacher certification including background check, seminar and exam. Ratio of dorm counselors to campers is usually 1:34.
Mrs. Cathy McCluskey, RN, BSN, NCSN, will be on duty at all times during the course of the workshop.
Average daily schedule will include nine hours of rehearsals and rotations, four hours of planned recreation, and plenty of time for relaxing meals. Activities planned for the evening include: an outdoor cookout, a dance, talent show, show choir experience, contra dance/folk dance instruction and camp-wide dance with live band and performances by guest artists.
Interim Class Offerings
During afternoon free time during the week campers may choose to attend any of the following activities:
- NCMEA Honors Chorus Audition Preparation Classes
- Swimming (depending on pool availability)
- Use of college sports fields
Each camper will have the opportunity for daily instruction on the NCMEA Honors Chorus audition selection. Each attending camper will also receive a complimentary copy of the audition piece when they complete all scheduled sessions.
Housing and Roommates
Participants will be housed in dormitories located on the campus of Warren Wilson College. All participants will be housed in double rooms, with adult participants housed separately from counselors and campers. Counselor to camper ration is about 1:34. Due to limited housing campers will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis.
You can choose your roommate on your application or leave it blank and make a new friend! If the person you requested to room with is not fully registered by May 25 you will be assigned a roommate approximately your age and from your area of the state.
Sometimes campers mail both their applications in the same envelope to make sure they get to room together – we do our BEST to make sure you are happy campers!! We have many campers from different areas of NC (and sometimes different states) who meet at camp every summer and room together. It becomes their tradition!
In the event the same person is named for two different roommates we will chose based on the earliest postmarked application. (If you are traveling with a choir, your choir director will have sent us specific roommate assignments for you.) We usually place singers from the same school on the same hall in the same building – unless you and your teacher request otherwise.
There will be a $50.00 charge for roommate changes generated by the participant after May 25. If you select this option, please know that the room change will be made the morning after on-site registration. There will be no charge for roommate changes made by us which occur because your requested roommate did not register and/or your roommate choice does not participate in camp at all.
Although new campers are very welcome and we may still have some room, we caution that there is no guarantee of t-shirt size, music, or roommate choice for any camper who registers after May 25.
If you live in the Swannanoa/Asheville area and are interested in sending your student as a commuting camper, please contact us so we can discuss that option with you!
Meals are chef prepared locally grown food – some items picked just hours before served to you! There are vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options available. In addition to several hot entrees for each meal there is a pizza bar, pasta bar, waffle bar, sandwich bar, salad bar, raw food bar, scoop your own ice cream station and dessert bar.
Each camper will receive a certificate of participation for each year they attend NCSICA. We also offer the Maxine Blackwell Loyalty Award for the female camper with most years of participation, the Lara Hoggard Loyalty Award for the male camper with the most years of participation, the Paul Fry Award for the school with the largest enrollment each year (minimum 20) and the Martha Casstevens Award for the Middle School with the largest enrollment each year (minimum 20). We offer an Angel Award to that teacher who goes above and beyond to make it possible for his/her students to attend NCSICA. Awards are presented at the Talent Show/ Show Choir evening. Each choir-in-residence will receive a plaque recognizing their participation.
Concerts and Souvenirs
Our Classical Talent Show is Wednesday Night, June 21 at 8:00 pm. Pop/Variety Talent Show and Show Choir Night will be held Thursday, June 22 at 7:30 PM. An Open Rehearsal of the Choirs will be held on Friday, June 23 at 1:30 PM. No admission is charged. Parking is only available behind Kittredge Theater. Participants in NCSICA may purchase souvenirs from private North Carolina companies specializing in DVD and CD recordings. Anticipated cost for these items is: $25.00 per DVD/CD recording. Orders can be placed at the open rehearsal on Friday. White Sound Studio items will be mailed to participants approximately 90 days after the close of camp.