Welcome to Virtual King’s 2020!
The RSCM King’s College Course is excited to launch its first virtual camp in our course’s history. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from experienced musicians, engage with other participants, collaborate in recording music for our Compline service, and participate in other camp traditions. Choristers of all ages are invited to participate in these events. You do not have to have attended the King’s College Course previously to participate. We look forward to seeing you there!
When will Virtual King’s happen?
The Virtual King’s events are scheduled between July 23rd and 26th. Events on weekdays will be held in the evening (eastern standard time) to accommodate for working hours. You do not to register for all events to participate.
What events you offering?
Thursday, July 23rd:
- Chorister Game Night with Hymn Singing (5:30-6:30pm EST): Choristers ages 10-17 are invited to participate in a game night led by our Residential Manager, Will Roper and Head Proctor, Dale Grandfield. Choristers will join the adults mid-way through the program for hymn singing lead by Michael Smith.
- Adult Social Hour with Hymn Singing (5:30-6:30pm EST): Adults ages 18+ are invited to participate in a social hour led by former Course Manager, Addie Peyronnin and hymn singing led by Michael Smith. All hymns will be selected by the 1982 hymnal.
Friday, July 24th:
- Adult and Chorister Variety Show (7:30pm EST): An hour long program which features the King’s course music staff and adult/chorister campers. Performers may opt to send in a recording to be played during the show or to play live for the group. You may opt to perform in the program or just watch. Each performance should not exceed 8 minutes. Performers may perform a piece on their instrument of choice, a choral piece, a funny but appropriate skit or song etc. Please reach out to Daley Whitaker (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions. Submissions are due by July 20th. Adults and choristers under 18 are welcome to participate. Click this link to sign up for the Variety show.
Saturday, July 25th:
- Q+A with Graeme McCullough (1pm EST): Join our Course Manager Tom Sheehan as we learn more about our future guest director, Graeme McCullough. Graeme McCullough is active as a conductor, singer, organist, and composer in Cambridge, MA, and has been the Organist and Director of Music at All Saints Church in Worcester, MA, since 2011. He works extensively with choral and orchestral groups in the Massachusetts area and has been making music with the RSCM since his childhood as a chorister in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Choristers and adults are welcome to join!
- Voice for Life with Robert Nicholls (2pm EST): Learn more about the Voice for Life program from expert Robert Nicholls. Mr. Nicholls’s compositions for both organ and choir have been performed and broadcast in both the United States and Europe, and at Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) America summer residential courses. He is also a strong supporter of RSCM America: in addition to serving as Housemaster and organist for summer residential courses, he has joined the Board of the RSCMA. He is in demand as a leader and clinician for choral festivals nationwide. Choristers and adults are welcome to join!
- Singing at Home with Ketti Muschler (3pm EST): Ketti Muschler will lead this digital presentation which offers lots of suggestions for getting started, when you feel ready! Includes: intro to mind / body work, tips for repertoire study, warm up techniques, and arts advocacy for the choral singer at home. Choristers and adults are welcome to join!
Sunday, July 26th:
- Compline (6pm EST): End the week with a service of compline. Information on recording an anthem will be emailed to those who register.
How do I register?
Click this link to register for free! Registration will be closed on Monday the 20th of July. If you are registering more than one family member, please make sure to register each family member individually.
What do I need to participate?
In order to participate, you need to have access to the internet (either via a phone, tablet, computer, or laptop) and a Zoom basic account. Please make sure that the account is in your name so that can allow you in the video chat. We will not be addressing technology concerns during the events so please learn how to use Zoom prior to participating in our events. If you don’t know how to use Zoom, click on this link to learn how or email Daley Whitaker at email@example.com
How are we ensuring cyber safety?
Cyber safety is our number one concern during this time. We have taken precautions in Zoom to avoid Zoom bombers and other safety concerns. Precautions include: establishing a waiting room, creating unique usernames and passwords, only allowing hosts to share screens, locking the meeting, and only sending the meeting link to those registered. So, what do you need to do to make sure we are all safe?
- Create a Zoom account in your name. For example, if my name is John Smith, my username would be JohnSmith rather than jonboy3 which gives the host no specific information on who you are.
- Do not pass the Zoom link around to others. To ensure everyone’s safety, only those who have registered will receive the link.
Take a look at our technology contract to see our technology rules and regulations.