New for 2017, Dr. Ollie Watts Davis will return to Illinois Summer Youth Music to direct the ISYM Pre-College Academy Black Chorus.
Designed for all senior high vocalists, this program focuses on strengthening musicianship and acquiring individual artistry by exploring the unique treatment of the elements of vocal music by Black Americans in a choral setting. Students are exposed to a wide range of repertoire, including spirituals, hymns, anthems, gospel, jazz, pop, hip hop, soul and R&B, and develop skills for the practice and performance of the vocal music of Black Americans. Classes include full ensemble and sectional rehearsals, masterclasses, group voice lessons, conducting/directing, and musicianship.
Visit the ISYM Black Chorus webpage for full details, including registration and costs.