Gillette College group ‘Energy City Voices’ hosts first concert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                    July 9, 2012

Wendy Smith (307) 686-0254 ext. 2801/Email
Dennis Jacobs (307) 686-0254 ext. 2802/Email

Gillette College group ‘Energy City Voices’ hosts first concert

Gillette College’s new show choir/musical theater revue ensemble is designed to give students a chance to perform various genres of music at the collegiate level.  The group, known as Energy City Voices, will begin their first season with an intensive week-long retreat and rehearsal at the college district’s beautiful Spear-O Wigwam Mountain Campus July 8-14. Following the retreat in the mountains, the group will perform its first concert at the Gillette College Technical Education Center on Saturday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m.  The concert is free and open to the public.

“The camp at Spear-O will be a great opportunity for 20 of the students that have already successfully auditioned for ECV to get together, work on contemporary music for the upcoming year, learn about show choir history, dance techniques, and solo/ensemble performance,” said Dr. Jake Bartlett, ECV Director.  “Our students will also have the opportunity to explore and engage in the many activities offered by Spear-O each day, which will help build camaraderie for this initial group of students.”

The concert on the 14th will consist of 3-4 group numbers with several solos prepared by the students before camp. A meet and greet reception will immediately follow.

While open auditions will continue through the opening weeks of the fall semester; this will be an opportunity for students to “get ahead” in preparation for performances in late fall/early winter, explained Bartlett.

Members of ECV are from Gillette and the surrounding communities, both traditional and non-traditional students. Members are also coming this fall from California, South Dakota, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and Ohio. All students are auditioned based on vocal quality and willingness to be a dynamic leader in a brand new ensemble.

Camp clinicians will include Cheryl Ringer, vocal coach/choreographer, Tiffany McCann, dance instructor and choreographer, and Kelsey Dewey, pianist.

For more information, contact Bartlett at 686-0254, ext. 1108.



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