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Summer youth chorale returns to Keene Valley

KEENE VALLEY - New Jersey Choir Director Deb Vanneman returns to Keene Valley this summer with some of her talented students and colleagues for an intensive music and movement workshop and performance for kids from ages 8 to 18.

The full-day, week-long workshop runs July 13-17 culminating in a public performance on the final evening. The nine-to-five days will begin at Keene Central School and finish at The Keene Valley Congregational Church. The performance will be the evening of Friday, July 17 at the Congregational Church.

Vanneman led a smaller version of the workshop last year and it was so well received that she and producer Kathy Recchia have expanded the summer program for 2009. This year's program will include selections from shows such as: Into the Woods, Oliver, Pippin, Rent, The Children of Eden, and more. Vanneman and colleagues will work with the students on dance skills, theatrical games, body warm-ups and vocal warm-ups.

Ms. Vanneman is Director of Choirs and Musical Theater at Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mount Holly, New Jersey, where she has taught for 23 years. A conductor of a number of regional choruses in New Jersey, she traveled to Paris with her 18-voice a cappella Chamber Choir, a tour which included a concert at the Cathedral of Notre Dame. She has directed a number of musicals at RVRHS, including Les Miserables: School Edition, Children of Eden, Into the Woods, Guys and Dolls, Ragtime and The Secret Garden.

"We're hoping to offer an intensive and fun, intensively fun, summer music, movement and performance experience for interested local students this summer," said Vanneman.

Ms.Vanneman and Ms. Recchia are the recipients of two grants which help make this program so affordable for Adirondack youth. With the cultural organization East Branch Friends of the Arts in Keene Valley as their conduit organization, the duo have received a DCA grant from The Arts Council of the Northern Adirondacks as well as a Stewart's Shop Holiday Match Grant to help cover the costs of this ambitious program. The pre-registration fee is just $25.00 until May 10, 2009 and $35 after May 10.

For more information about the program or to register, call Kathy Recchia at 946-8323.

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