Middle School Music Theatre Workshop
Now in its seventh year, the popular summer Middle School Music Theatre draws participants from across the country. Throughout the week, students attend classes and rehearsals. On Saturday, all travel to New York to see a musical on Broadway. At the end of the week, all students will perform in a production led by music director Nicholas McBride and stage director Susan Barry.
July 24 - July 30, 2016
- Learn acting, movement and character-building techniques
- Voice classes with Westminster voice faculty
- Perform in the final Musical Theatre Showcase
- Sunday evening: Audition Techniques Workshop
- Daily: Voice class, ensemble vocal rehearsal, movement and blocking rehearsal
- Saturday: Showcase performance (family and friends are invited and encouraged to attend)
- Final Concert
$995 (residential option, includes room and board)
$795 (commuter option, arrive by 8:30 a.m. and depart at 9 p.m.)
- Two or more programs - $100 discount off each program
- Family discount - Families sending more than one student receive a $100 discount per program
Enrollment is open to students entering 6th through 9th grades. Enrollment is limited; applicants are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, and are accepted based on availability in voice part. There is no deadline for this program, however, it is advisable to register early to reserve your place in this popular class.
Nicholas McBride maintains an active career as a music education specialist, conductor and teacher educator. He holds degrees from Westminster Choir College (B.M., magna cum laude, 2002) in music education and Northwestern University (M.M., 2009) where he received dual Master's degrees with honors in choral conducting and music education. He is a former assistant professor of music education at Westminster Choir College and is currently an instructor and doctoral fellow in music and music education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
McBride has presented internationally on choral conducting and general music teaching techniques, at the regional and national conferences of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and at the NJ-ACDA (American Choral Director's Association) summer conference. He is a contributing author to the texts Teaching Music through Performance in Middle School Choir, Planning Instruction in Music, both published by GIA, and has published in the Music Educators Journal.
Mr. McBride remains active as a conductor, clinician and adjudicator for middle and high school choirs in the eastern United States. Most recently he adjudicated the (2014) NJ-Region 1 high school choral festival and served as conductor of the (2013) Central Jersey NJMEA (New Jersey Music Educators Association) honors high school choir. McBride was the founder and conductor of the Trenton Children's Choir-High School division where he collaborated with guest conductor Bobby McFerrin. He is also the founder of the Westminster Middle School Music Theater Summer Workshop.
McBride has extensive public school teaching experience. Most recently he was director of choral activities at Clearview Regional High School in Mullica Hill, NJ. The clearview vocale ensemble performed under his direction in New York City at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. His choirs were chosen to sing on NBC television, were featured on the sound track of the documentary film, "When a door shuts, a window will open," and appeared in concert with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Orchestra. Prior to joining the faculty at Clearview, McBride taught general music and choir at Community Middle School in the West Windsor-Plainsboro (NJ) public schools. In 2013, Mr. McBride was a finalist for the New Jersey Governor's teacher of the year award and was nominated for the Grammy's music educator award.
Susan Barry maintains presences in both the theater and the classroom, thanks to an extensive performance background that was established in her childhood. Her dance training began at age four; she first appeared in local musical productions at eleven years old. Ms. Barry has appeared in more than a dozen plays and musicals in various roles; however, her most significant work has been in direction and production.
From 2001 to 2014, Ms. Barry was a member of the Clearview Regional High School Musical Theater Program staff; she has assisted with, choreographed, and directed a host of Papermill Rising Star Award winners such as The Pirates of Penzance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Carousel, Grease, How To Succeed in Business…, The Who’s Tommy, Les Miserables, Hairspray, The Wizard of Oz, and Young Frankenstein, to name just a few. Like any other veteran of amateur and educational theater, Ms. Barry is experienced in every facet of production, from staging to costuming to set design. Many of her students have gone on to university-level and professional theater programs, including The Juilliard School, The Royal Conservatory of Scotland, Queen Mary University (London), The Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), Westminster Choir College, Hunter College, City University of New York, UCLA, USC, University of the Arts, Ithaca, Montclair State, Rider, Rowan, Temple, Widener, Hofstra, Texas State, High Point, Princeton, and New York Universities. Her former students have worked onstage and off with Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Iron Age Theater, Hedgerow Theater, Mazeppa Productions, Headlong Theater Company, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Delaware Theater Company, Media (PA) Theater, Sketch Club Players of Woodbury (NJ), Eagle Theater (Hammonton, NJ), Pitman (NJ) Broadway Theater, Levoy Theater (Millville, NJ), Ritz Theater (Oaklyn, NJ), Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, and Haddonfield (NJ) Plays and Players, as well as the Miss New Jersey Pageant, the Cinemax original series The Knick, and several independent films.
Additionally, Ms. Barry helms Clearview Regional High School’s Shakespeare Studies program, which has immersed more than 1000 students in interpretation, analysis, and performance of the Bard’s work since 2002. Using a performance-based approach, Ms. Barry facilitates Shakespeare scholarship for students of all backgrounds. She actively recruits at-risk, reluctant, differently-abled, and academically-challenged students to the Shakespeare program, where young players perform for peers, teachers, professional actors, and theater faculty on a variety of stages. Her students have received awards for Shakespeare performance at the Rider University Shakesperience and The English-Speaking Union of Philadelphia’s annual Shakespeare Recitation Competition. In addition to teaching British and American literature courses to high school juniors and seniors, she also facilitates “Teaching Shakespeare Across the Curriculum” workshops for teachers.
A native of South Jersey, Ms. Barry holds degrees from Temple University (B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1994) in English Literature and Rowan University (MS.Ed, 2001) in Secondary English Education. She has studied at the Rex McGuinn Conference on Shakespeare at PhiIlips-Exeter Academy and with artists from London’s Globe Theater. In addition to her work with student theater, she has choreographed for musical theater revues, taught dance, and competed on the Northeastern US pro-am ballroom dance circuit. With composer Ryan Holiday, she co-wrote and directed the original musical White, which was grant-funded and produced at Camden County College in 2010. Ms. Barry is the 2012-13 Gloucester County Teacher of the Year, and currently chairs the New Jersey County Teachers of the Year organization. She holds a seat on the Executive Board of Philadelphia’s Mazeppa Productions. This is her first year teaching at Westminster Choir College’s Middle School Music Theatre Workshop.
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