Join us this summer for the ImpactU Choral Camp, a residential camp for high school students. Campers will enjoy a five-day experience focused on personal growth as a singer and development of performance skills in vocal/choral music, led by experienced music faculty members, and assisted by gifted college students. Included in the camp is collaborative choral adventures, solo and choral performance opportunities, private vocal study, as well as all food, lodging, evening activities and hands-on exploration of music in the context of a Christian community. Camp Faculty Leaders are Dr. Sue Ellen Ballard and Rev. Mickey Ballard.
Monday – Friday, June 20-24, 2022
View the daily schedule.
The camp is $550 per person, and includes food, lodging, and all expenses.
What You Can Expect:
- Encourage talented high school students to grow spiritually, musically and relationally
- Join music students from the state and region for a week of pursuing their passion for choral singing
- Receive individual vocal instruction with feedback via one-on-one lessons with video
About Your Instructors:
Dr. Sue Ellen Ballard is the Lecturer of Choral Music Education at Asbury University whose passions include leading singers in worship, developing future choral music educators and assisting young people to fulfill God’s call on their life through music. Beyond her responsibilities at Asbury, Sue Ellen serves as pianist and organist at Central Baptist Church in Paris, Kentucky, and as co-conductor of the Kentucky Baptist Convention Youth Choir and the KBC Women’s Chorale. She received a doctorate from the University of Kentucky and has twenty-five years of teaching and conducting experience.
Rev. Mickey Ballard has been the Associate Pastor of Music and Worship at Central Baptist Church since 2011 where he has led the church under God’s direction to utilize worship bands and vocal teams along with their choir, piano, and organ in its musical offering of worship. In the eleven years prior, Mickey had the privilege of serving at the First Baptist Church of Richmond, KY where he led the church to broaden its musical offerings to include orchestra, handbells, worship band, vocal teams and choirs in worship.
Dr. Vicki Bell, Professor of Music Theory, joined the faculty of the Music Department at Asbury University in the fall of 1993. Dr. Bell serves as coordinator of music theory, and teaches freshman and sophomore music theory classes, sight singing/aural training, and upper-level counterpoint. In addition to her theory responsibilities, Dr. Bell directs the Asbury University Chorale, which is the primary SATB choral ensemble, open to incoming freshman as well as campus wide by audition.
Dr. Marie-France Duclos has a master’s degree from the University of Montreal and earned a DMA in voice performance from the University of Kentucky in 2019. Since moving to Kentucky with her family in 2010, she has been a repetitive soloist with The Kentucky Bach Choir, the UK Opera Theater, the UK Orchestra, the Bourbon Baroque early music ensemble, and The Lexington Singers. Throughout her career, she was awarded several prizes including the First Prize of the Audrey Rooney Kentucky Bach Choir Competition in 2014, a fellowship to attend the Canadian Institute of Vocal Arts, and an Alltech scholarship in 2016. She loves her role as a pedagogue as much as performing and is excited to be teaching Voice, Vocal Diction and Vocal Pedagogy at Asbury University.
Professor Mary Ann Wilder serves as Asbury’s collaborative pianist and teaches piano and theory classes. She is a 2003 graduate of Asbury University who completed a Master’s degree in Piano Performance at the University of Louisville and will complete the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano at the University of Kentucky this year.