SO YOU'VE REGISTERED
What do I need to do before the course?
- All participants are responsible for arriving at the Course having previously rehearsed the repertoire for the week. Please click here to see a list of this year's repertoire. Except for those selections noted, copies of music will not be provided by the Course and will not be available in Wilkes-Barre. Please consult with your home church choirmaster about purchasing and rehearsing the music in advance of the Course. You may order music directly from Lois Fyfe Music at 800-851-9023.
- Please verify that your references have been contacted. The course will make an attempt to contact them, but it is your responsibility to follow up on that request. If you are unsure of what references are required or the status of the reference requests, please contact the course registrar.
- Your $150 deposit is due via check or PayPal within ten days of your registration. The balance is due by June 1. If you need to know your balance, or if you have any questions regarding payment or registration, please contact the course registrar.
What is the dress code?
Dress for the week is casual. However, remember that many rehearsals and worship services occur in St. Stephen's Church or in King's College Chapel. Clothing should be appropriate for a sacred space. Appropriate clothing is clothing that sufficiently covers the body and is not disturbing in worship or rehearsals. Inappropriate clothing is anything low-cut or distracting. The Course Managers have final say in determining what is appropriate or inappropriate. If you are not sure about if something is appropriate, it probably isn't. Parents, please be involved with the packing process.
As for other clothing and things to bring, double check the seven-day forecast before you pack. It's usually hot and humid, and we always have rain. Weather in Wilkes-Barre can be very hot and very cool all in the same week (and sometimes on the same day). Do bring at least one pair of long pants or jeans and a sweater or jacket for the evenings. If it will fit in the suitcase and if it is to be very hot/rainy, try to send an extra outfit or two so the kids can change more frequently if they get caught in the rain.
Casual clothing for daily activities
- Both shorts and long pants
- a jacket and rain gear are highly recommended
- swimsuit and pool towel
- Comfortable, supportive shoes for walking and standing. The walk to St. Stephen's is approximately a 3/4 mile each way. Adults may opt to drive or bring a bicycle, but parking can be difficult at the church.
Clothing for Sunday Services
(Men and boys)
- dark slacks
- dark, socks and dress shoes
- dress shirt and tie
- appropriate slacks or skirt and blouse or dress
- dark dress shoes (flip-flop type shoes/sandals are not appropriate with vestments)
- shoes should not have high heels due to extended periods of standing in place
What should I bring to the course?
- Be sure to bring your choir robes and music. Neither will be available at the Course. No robes will be available to borrow from St. Stephen's Church.
- Bring an alarm clock, toiletries (all necessary personal care and hygiene products including deodorant), a deck of cards or other quiet activities for "down times," and a swimsuit and beach towel for the pool if you plan to swim.
- Basic bed linens and towels are provided. An extra blanket or sleeping bag is highly recommended, due to variations in room temperatures.
- Rooms have only overhead lighting. A reading lamp or flashlight is highly recommended if you want to read in bed.
- Baths and showers are centrally located on each floor of the choristers' dorm. Choristers may wish to bring a small bag or tote to transport their toiletries to the bathrooms.
- Hangers for clothing are not available in the rooms, so bring enough hangers for Sunday clothes and choir robes at a minimum.
Will I need money for other expenses during the week?
- Choristers' access to vending machines is limited. Choristers may have an occasional opportunity to shop in the college store and to play arcade games. The college souvenir shop is available once during the week.
- Adults and young adults have opportunities to participate in optional outings, at their own expense.
- Adult dorms do have laundry machines. You must bring cash to purchase pre-paid swipe cards for machines. Soaps, etc., are generally not available in the laundry areas.
Where do adults and young adults stay during the course?
The adults and young adults live in campus apartments. Each apartment has 3-4 separate bedrooms, a common area with kitchen, and shared bathrooms (usually one bathroom per two people). Past adult campers have identified some optional "extras" that adults may want to bring, depending on their personal preferences and need for creature comforts:
- Fitted sheet and mattress pad (extra-long twin is best, but regular twin also works), along with the aforementioned extra blanket
- Thicker/fluffier bath and hand towel
- Extra pillow
- Tote bag for music notebook, pencils, and water bottle
- Bath mat
- Hand soap
- Tissues and paper towels
- Hair dryer